February 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
The retrial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity was delayed on Monday. Two of the three judges on the panel accepted the defense's motion that the third judge, Judge Jeannette Valdez, should recuse herself from the trial on the grounds ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Obama administration on Friday announced that it would boost the ranks of immigration judges, lawyers and asylum officers to decrease the flow of undocumented children into the country. According to homeland security deputy director Alejandro Mayorkas, 52,000 unaccompanied children arrived on ...[read more]
May 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The Congress of the Republic of Guatemala on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution denying any existence of genocide during the civil war lasting from 1960-1996. The resolution calls for national reconciliation and states: "It is legally impossible ... that genocide could have occurred in our ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a statement before the court admitting ...[read more]
February 11, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Guatemalan soldier Jorge Sosa Orantes to a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for lying on his immigration forms about his role in a 1982 massacre in which around 200 people were killed. Orantes ...[read more]
November 6, 2013
by Max Slater
The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced by a three- ...[read more]
July 26, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On July 26, 2011, four former Guatemalan soldiers pleaded not guilty to war crimes involving the Dos Erres massacre during the country's 36 year civil war. The four men argued that they were not stationed with the group that committed the war crimes at Dos Erres. The UN approved of the arrest of a ...[read more]
May 29, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. He is charged with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four years as president. Portillo was ...[read more]

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