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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Guatemala ex-president ordered to stand trial for embezzlement
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On August 18, 2010, a Guatemalan judge ruled that former president Alfonso Portillo and two of his former ministers will stand trial on charges of embezzlement. Portillo, president of Guatemala from 2000-2004, was accused of diverting approximately $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense. The judge issued his ruling after the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) provided sufficient evidence to the court of Portillo's corruption. The judge's determination was also aided by evidence provided by the French government showing that bank accounts were established in the names of members of Portillo's family in order to launder the money. Portillo's trial began January 21, 2011, and in November 2011, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom allowed Portillo to be extradited to the US.

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