Fed panel blocks reward in Peru spy capture

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed a judge's ruling that a Venezuelan man who helped Peru capture a notorious fugitive spymaster should be entitled to collect a more than $8 million reward.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday directed the judge to dismiss Jose Guevara's lawsuit that claimed he should be entitled to the reward for helping capture fugitive spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos.

The court's 2-1 ruling concluded that the judge should have dismissed the case based on U.S. laws that protect sovereign governments from lawsuits.

Montesinos was captured in Venezuela in 2001 based on information provided by Guevara, who had worked for Montesinos.

He was intercepted by the FBI in Miami and told he could avoid
prosecution and collect Peru's reward if he helped find the spymaster.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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