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 taking almost $16 million designated for the Guatemala Ministry of Defense. On August 20, 2010, another Guatemalan court ordered that Portillo stand trial in Guatemala for embezzlement. The embezzlement trial began in January 2011. President Alvaro Colom formally approved Portillo's extradition to the US on November 16, 2011, and the Guatemala Constitutional Court approved the extradition on September 2, 2012.
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