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

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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.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)