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Ex-leader Portillo is extradited

October 08, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was extradited from Mexico to face corruption charges and said he was confident he would get a fair trial.

Portillo, who governed from 2000 to 2004 before fleeing to Mexico, arrived in Guatemala on a Mexican government plane. He is accused of authorizing $15 million in transfers to the nation's Defense Department, where officials close to him allegedly pocketed most of the cash.

Portillo appeared before a judge, and his bail was set at $133,000. The judge ordered him not to leave the country.

Portillo denied the charges.

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