Guatemala appeals court upholds acquittal of former president Portillo Keith Herting at 12:44 PM ET
[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 were thrown out by the lower court, which found that prosecutors had failed to meet their burden of demonstrating that Portillo was personally involved in the embezzlement of Guatemala's Ministry of Defense [official website, in Spanish] funds. The appeals court rejected [El Periodico report, in Spanish] the government's appeal, finding that the lower court ruling was not in error.
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