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Guatemala extradites former president

Monday, May 27, 2013


Ex president Alfonso Portillo was extradited last week to the United States, where he will face money-laundering charges.

Portillo is accused of having used U.S. banks to launder about $70 million pf public funds during his tenure as president, from 2000 to 2004.

His administration is considered by the Guatemalan press as one of the most corrupt in the country's history.

The extradition comes after a long process of appeals, since a federal court in New York in 2010 requested his arrest to face the laundering charges.

"So long Guatemala, this is a kidnapping," were the last words of Portillo, before being delivered by the Guatemalan authorities to U.S. immigration agents, who took aboard a government aircraft, bound for New York City, in where Portillo will appear in a U.S. federal court.