Guatemalan court approves extradition to U.S. of former President Alfonso Portillo

August 31, 2012

GUATEMALA CITY – U.S. officials applauded a Thursday ruling by a Guatemalan court that allows former President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004) to be extradited to the United States on charges of laundering some $70 million of allegedly embezzled foreign donations.

Guatemala’s Constitutional Court ruled that Portillo can be extradited, but can’t be sent to a U.S. facility for violent offenders.

In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala said the decision reflects the progress that Guatemala’s government is making against impunity.

Last November, Former President Álvaro Colom (2008-2012) authorized the extradition of Portillo after a Guatemalan court agreed to the U.S. request.

Portillo’s attorneys sought the annulment of the court’s authorization, claiming that the former president’s life would  be in danger if he were sent to the U.S.

Portillo is also charged in a New York federal court with money laundering and embezzling $1.5 million donated by Taiwan to buy schoolbooks for Guatemalan children.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Off the eaten path: Bar y Restaurante Rio de Janeiro
Dining and Nightlife
129 views
Dining and Nightlife
129 views

Off the eaten path: Bar y Restaurante Rio de Janeiro

William Ayre - October 19, 2018

Apart from its name and a mural inside featuring the namesake city in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a very…

Buchón cantina: Spritz cocktails to dine for
Dining and Nightlife
925 views
Dining and Nightlife
925 views

Buchón cantina: Spritz cocktails to dine for

Natalia Díaz - October 18, 2018

Buchón was the first place I tasted the Aperol Spritz, months before it became fashionable around San José. In fact,…

Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?
Tico Times Shade
3274 views
Tico Times Shade
3274 views

Tico Times Shade: What does ‘middle class’ mean in Costa Rica?

Alejandro Zúñiga - October 18, 2018

It’s not often The Tico Times writes an explainer about basic Costa Rican daily living that’s equally surprising to a…