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Colombia arrests Peru’s top fugitive

November 13, 2014

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police in Colombia have arrested Peru’s No. 1 fugitive, a businessman accused of amassing a fortune through money laundering of over $200 million.

Rodolfo Orellana was surprised by police early Thursday at a luxurious home he owned in the southern city of Cali.

Cali police commander Hoover Penilla says Peruvian authorities had tipped of their counterparts in Colombia that Orellana had entered the country illegally and was staying at the residence.

Orellana evaded prosecution for years, allegedly by buying off corrupt judges and prosecutors investigating the source of his wealth.

Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said he’s dispatching his interior minister to Colombia to negotiate Orellana’s deportation.

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