Jan 24, 2010

Guatemala moves to arrest ex-president on US request

January 24, 2010
AFP

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan police on Sunday sought to arrest former president Alfonso Portillo after the United States filed an extradition request to have him answer to money-laundering charges, court sources said.

Portillo fled to Mexico in 2005 after he lost his immunity from prosecution for alleged corruption during his 2000-2004 administration. In October 2008, he was extradited from Mexico to Guatemala, where he has been awaiting trial on embezzlement charges.

Police told AFP they searched for Portillo, 58, in his two homes in Guatemala City and his birthplace in eastern Zacapa, with no luck.

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