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Monday, March 19, 2012

Guatemala court approved extradition of ex-president to US
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

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 Ministry of Defense. Portillio had been arrested earlier in the year for a warrant issued by Guatemala based on the US indictment. In October 2008, Portillo was extradited back to his home country from Mexico, where he had fled to avoid charges after his term and executive immunity, came to an end. In November 2011 the current president of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom, announced that he will allow the former leader to be extradited to the US after his criminal trial by a Guatemalan court found him not guilty for insufficient evidence.

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