Bank account with millions of dollars came from Peru arms deals with Russia blocked

Switzerland has blocked more bank accounts allegedly linked to Peru's fugitive former spy chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, and says millions of dollars in them almost certainly came from arms deals with Russia. A statement from the Zurich prosecutor's office said that in addition to $48 million frozen earlier this month, investigators had now traced a further $22m in five other accounts. Much of the money "very likely originates from payments of commissions connected to arms transactions between Russia and Peru," the statement said. It added that investigations were continuing into possible money-laundering. Mr Montesinos, who is in hiding, was the top adviser to the former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori before being sacked in September in a corruption scandal, BBC announces. Mr Fujimori, who denies any knowledge of the illicit funds, was fired last week by Congress for being "morally unfit" to govern.

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