US welcomes extradition of Guatemala ex-president
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
The Associated Press
UATEMALA CITY — 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.
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.