March 17, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 17, 2010, a criminal court in Guatemala approved the extradition of former President Alfonso Portillo to the US. Portillo was president of Guatemala from 2000-2004. He was charged with money laundering in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) and accused of ...[read more]
November 4, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 4, 2010, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed legislation that would have reinstated the death penalty, stating that he believed the death penalty does not improve a nation's security. In March 2008, when Colom vetoed a similar bill, he cited cases from the US showing that the ...[read more]
August 18, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On August 18, 2010, a Guatemalan judge ruled that former president Alfonso Portillo and two of his former ministers will stand trial on charges of embezzlement. Portillo, president of Guatemala from 2000-2004, was accused of diverting approximately $15 million in funds from the Ministry of ...[read more]
March 19, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 19, 2010, a Guatemalan criminal court ruled that Alfonso Portillo, the former Guatemalan president who served from 2000 to 2004, could be extradited to the US to face money laundering charges. Portillo was indicted for his role in a plot which embezzled $15.8 million from the country's ...[read more]
November 16, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on Tuesday said he will allow former president Alfonso Portillo to be extradited to the US for trial. The charges against Portillo in the US stem from accusations of his involvement in money laundering and the embezzlement of $1.5 million in foreign donations from ...[read more]
August 9, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that former first lady Sandra Torres is ineligible to run for the office of president because of her relationship to current President Alvaro Colom, her ex-husband. Torres and Colom divorced earlier this year after Torres announced her plans to ...[read more]
November 5, 2010
by Megan McKee
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed legislation Thursday that would have reinstated the death penalty. Colom has stated that his government does not believe capital punishment improves a nation's security and has called on the Guatemalan Congress to abolish capital punishment permanently. ...[read more]
June 11, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Thursday removed Attorney General Conrado Reyes from power. Reyes was appointed to the position by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom late last month, but he came under close scrutiny earlier this week when the head of the International Commission Against ...[read more]
March 15, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed a bill Friday that would have restored the country's death penalty. Decree 06-2008 would also have given Colom, sworn into office just last month the power to decide whether to grant clemency and commute the sentences of the 34 inmates currently on death... ...[read more]
February 26, 2008
by Lisl Brunner
Guatemala on Monday announced plans to declassify documents describing human rights abuses committed by its military during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has created a panel to review the documents, which the military has thus far refused to release, with... ...[read more]

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