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Guatemalan Ex-President Gets His Day in Court

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Posted on Jan 23, 2011
AP / Rodridgo Abd

Former President Alfonso Portillo in 2008, after being extradited from Mexico to face corruption charges in Guatemala City.

Justice is coming to Guatemala, as former President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City, accused of embezzling a cool $15 million. —JCL

The BBC:

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo has gone on trial in Guatemala City on charges of embezzlement.

Mr Portillo denies stealing $15m (£9.7m) from the defence ministry while he was in power between 2000 and 2004.

The trial had been postponed repeatedly as Mr Portillo’s lawyers presented a series of objections to the legal process.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

Guatemala is an achingly-poor nation, yet this putz had to bleed it further—kind of like Kim Jong Il with his 17(?) mansions and a zillion fancy cars while his people are mal-nourished.

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By DaveT383, January 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

No Kidding, PH! Not to mention Rumsfeld, Cheney, Ashcroft, Rice, Yoo, Addington, etc., the whole cadre of war criminals.

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By PatrickHenry, January 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

When do our ex-Presidents go on trial?

They stole alot more than this guy.

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