US welcomes extradition of Guatemala expresident

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img GUATEMALA CITY (AP) – U.S. officials are praising Guatemala’s decision to allow the extradition of former president Alfonso Portillo, who faces U.S. charges of laundering allegedly embezzled foreign donations.Guatemala’s highest court says Portillo can be extradited, but can’t be sent to a U.S. facility for violent offenders.In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala says the decision reflects the progress that Guatemala’s government is making against impunity. Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean In 2011, a Guatemalan court found Portillo not guilty of charges that he stole $15 million from the country’s Defense Department when he governed the country from 2000 to 2004.Portillo is charged in a New York federal court with money laundering and embezzling $1.5 million donated by Taiwan to buy schoolbooks for Guatemalan children.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img

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