Ex-Guatemalan leader gets nearly six years prison for bribe plea

Reuters News
Posted: May 22, 2014 2:43 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison on Thursday after admitting to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan and laundering funds through U.S. banks.

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson at a court hearing in New York.

Portillo, 62, served as president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004. He has been detained in prisons in Guatemala and the United States since 2010.

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(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)