Ex-Guatemala president pleads not guilty in NYC

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Posted: May 28, 2013 3:54 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-president of Guatemala accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars stolen from his country through U.S. bank accounts has pleaded not guilty in New York.

Former President Alfonso Portillo appeared Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. He was extradited to the United States last week and remains in custody.

Portillo was president from 2000 to 2004. His attorneys called the prosecution "a clear case of over-reaching by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. government."

His attorney have told the judge that a bail amount will be sought at the next court appearance. No date is set for that.