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Guatemalan police arrest ex-president wanted in US

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on January 28, 2010

by Luis Angel Sas, for Yahoo News, January 26, 2010.

GUATEMALA CITY – Police captured ex-President Alfonso Portillo at a beach preparing to flee Guatemala by boat Tuesday, a day after U.S. authorities charged him with laundering money stolen from foreign donations to buy children’s books.

Dozens of police, soldiers and federal agents arrested Portillo during a raid on a house in the coastal province of Izabal, said Carlos Castresana, head of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, a U.N. agency created to battle corruption and crime in this Central American nation.

“They had hired a boat to leave from a beach at 9 a.m., but before that, police and soldiers surrounded the house where he was hiding out,” Castresana said. Portillo, 58, was believed to be heading to neighboring Belize…(continue reading)

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