Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-194
Vladimiro Montesinos (Panama)
Peru
De facto chief of intelligence and main advisor of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000)
Panama
Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
Ongoing
Art.15, Art.16, Art.17, Art.18, Art.23
Yes
Unspecified
Unknown
Unspecified
Ongoing Case
Ongoing
Investigation/Asset Tracing/Asset Restraint
Unspecified Amounts Frozen
Ongoing
N/A

According to a Case Study by Professor Guillermo Jorge, citing official figures of the Office of the Special State Attorney for the Montesinos/Fujimori Case, as of 2007, accounts valued at $47 million remain frozen in Switzerland, Mexico, Luxembourg and Panama. Professor Jorge wrote that bankers in Panama reported transactions related to Mr. Montesinos while he was a fugitive, and that the Financial Intelligence Unit of Panama initiated a case for suspected money laundering upon receiving several reports from its financial institutions. Most of the acocunts in Panama, however, had been closed by the time the reports were made. Professor Jorge's source for this information was his August 5, 2007 interview with Ms. Maribel Cornejo Batista, then-anticorruption prosecutor in Panama City. (Source: Professor Guillermo Jorge, "The Peruvian efforts to recover the proceeds from Montesinos' criminal network of corruption," presented at Asian Development Bank Regional Seminar, Bali/Indonesia, September 5-7, 2007).

According to a case study by Professor Guillermo Jorge, as of September 2007, Mr. Montesinos had been convicted in 13 different trials and more than 70 trials were ongoing. (Source: Guillermo Jorge, "The Peruvian Efforts to Recover Proceeds from Montesinos's Criminal Network of Corruption," in ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific, Asset Recovery and Mutual Legal Assistance in Asia and the Pacific, Proceedings of the 6th Regional Seminar on Making International Anti-Corruption Standards Operational Held in Bali, Indonesia, on 5-7 September 2007 and hosted by the Corruption Eradication Commission, Indonesia, accessed at http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Asset-Recovery/Asset-Recovery.pdf.)

Office of the Special State Attorney for the Montesinos /Fujimori Case, Peru
Office of the Special State Attorney for the Montesinos/Fujimori Case, Peru
Unida de Analisis Financiero (Financial Intelligence Unit of Panama)