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Latino Daily News

Friday August 20, 2010

Former Guatemalan Pres. Portillo to stand Trial-First at Home then in U.S.

Alfonso Portillo (58) served as President in Guatemala from 2000-2004. Portillo fled to Mexico in 2004 amidst charges of Corruption in Guatemala. It is alleged Portillo stole $15 M from the Defense Ministry while he was in power. Mexico sent him back to face charges in 2006. Portillo was formally charged by the Guatemalan government with corruption in 2008 but was released on bail.

In January 2010 the US government requested Mr. Portillo’s extradition to the US on separate corruption charges. The US charges that $1.5M of foreign donations the US sent for educational resources in Guatemala were transferred by Portillo into foreign bank accounts.

Guatemalan law calls for Mr. Portillo to be tried in his own country before being extradited to another country. The trial is scheduled to begin in September.