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Ex-Guatemalan leader gets six years in prison

Friday, May 23, 2014

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison after admitting to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan and laundering funds through U.S. banks.

The sentence, delivered by U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson in New York, ensures the fallen leader will remain incarcerated beyond the more than four years his lawyers said he has already served since his arrest in 2010.

At a hearing in New York that drew a crowd of Portillo's political supporters and family, Patterson also ordered him to forfeit $2.5 million.

Source: Reuters