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Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The UN International Commission Against Impunity [official website, in Spanish] reported [report, in Spanish] that approximately a quarter of the money used for Guatemalan political campaigns is from criminal groups. The main criminal group being drug traffickers. The report also indicated that government contractors themselves contribute to more than … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan in exchange for continued diplomatic recognition of the nation. Portillo read a … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official site] on Tuesday. He is charged [indictment, PDF] with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] An appeals court in Guatemala City announced Tuesday that it has upheld a lower court decision which acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of criminal charges that he had stolen over USD $15 million during his time as president. In 2011 the criminal charges of embezzlement [JURIST report] against Portillo … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The head of the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala presented a strategic work plan at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday outlining efforts in four specific areas to improve the rule of law in the Latin American nation. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Embassy of the US Guatemala on Thursday praised the decision of the Guatemala Constitutional Court [official websites] allowing former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] to be extradited to the US on charges of embezzling foreign donations. Upon extradition Portillo will stand trial in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A court in Thailand sentenced former Indian financier Rakesh Saxena to 10 years in prison on Friday for embezzling tens of millions of dollars from a bank in Thailand during the 1990s. The Bangkok South Criminal Court, found Saxena guilty [Reuters report] of five counts of securities fraud between … [read more]


Legal News
16 Nov 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom [official website] on Tuesday said he will allow former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] to be extradited to the US for trial. The charges against Portillo in the US stem from accusations of his involvement in money laundering and the embezzlement [AP report] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Guatemalan Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday ruled that former first lady Sandra Torres is ineligible to run for the office of president because of her relationship to current President Alvaro Colom [official website], her ex-husband. Torres and Colom divorced earlier this year [BBC report] after … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] went to trial on Friday facing charges of embezzlement [JURIST report]. Portillo denies accusations that he diverted approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense while he was in power between 2000 and 2004. Former Defense Minister … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2010
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom [official profile, in Spanish] vetoed legislation [press release, in Spanish] Thursday that would have reinstated the death penalty. Colom has stated that his government does not believe capital punishment improves a nation's security and has called on the Guatemalan Congress [official website, in Spanish] to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2010
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge on Thursday sentenced former National Police (NP) officers Hector Roderico Ramirez Rios and Abraham Lancerio Gomez to 40 years in prison for the 1984 forced disappearance of Fernando Garcia, based on evidence found in an abandoned NP archive discovered in 2005 [ReVista article]. In February, Garcia, … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge ruled Wednesday that former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] and two of his former ministers will stand trial on charges of embezzlement. Portillo, president of Guatemala from 2000-2004, is accused of diverting approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense. The … [read more]


Legal News
19 Mar 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A Guatemalan criminal court ruled Wednesday that former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] can be extradited to the US to face charges of money laundering [indictment; press release, PDF]. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged in the US District … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Guatemalan authorities have arrested two high-ranking police officials leading the country's war on drugs on charges of corruption and drug trafficking, Guatemalan Attorney General Amilcar Velasquez [official website, in Spanish] announced [audio, in Spanish] Tuesday. Police Chief Baltazar Gonzalez and anti-narcotics official Nelly Bonilla were arrested Tuesday in connection … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jan 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Guatemalan authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish], after the US government requested his extradition on Sunday to face charges of money laundering [indictment; press release, PDF]. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged [El … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was extradited [press release, in Spanish] Tuesday from Mexico to Guatemala, where he is accused of authorizing transfers of $15.8 million from the budget of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense during his presidency from 2000 to 2004. Portillo fled to Mexico at the end … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston [NYU Law profile] Tuesday urged [press release] Guatemalan lawmakers not to override a presidential veto of a bill that would restore the country's death penalty in a way he said would be contrary to international human … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom [official profile] vetoed a bill [press release, in Spanish] Friday that would have restored the country's death penalty [AI backgrounder]. Decree 06-2008 [AI backgrounder] would also have given Colom, sworn into office just last month [AP report] the power to decide whether to grant clemency … [read more]

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