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Former Guatemala President on Trial for $15 Million Embezzlement

The prosecution of former President of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo is underway for the embezzling of public funds to the ministry defense fund. During Portillo’s 2000-2004 term of presidency, he is believed to have transferred more than $15 million, according to BBC. Not only is he wanted in Guatemala, but the US wants to prosecute him as well for committing fraud with donations for educational projects in Guatemala.

Why has it taken seven years? Portillo fled shortly after his presidency but was forced back to Guatemala in 2008 to continue his trial. The US cannot prosecute him until he is done with his trial in Guatemala, in accordance with Guatemalan law.