Mexico extradited former Guatemala president to face corruption charges

On October 7, 2008, Mexican authorities extradited former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo to face trial in Guatemala on charges of corruption during his presidency from 2000 to 2004. Portillo fled to Mexico, fearing that he would not receive a fair trial in Guatemala, and challenged a 2006 extradition order signed by Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez. In January 2008, the Mexican Supreme Court upheld the extradition order. The Guatemala Constitutional Court allowed Portillo to face an additional extradition to the US in September 2012, in order to stand trial for alleged embezzlement of foreign donations.

Learn more about former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo from the JURIST news archive.

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