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Former Guatemalan president faces corruption charges

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Published: 20th Aug 2010 11:14:00

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo must stand trial on embezzlement charges, a judge in the country has ruled.

The ruling comes after the US requested Mr Portillo's extradition on separate corruption charges relating to $1.5m of foreign donations.

The 58-year-old served as president between 2000 and 2004.

After leaving office, he fled to Mexico but was sent back to Guatemala in 2006 to face charges - which he has repeatedly denied.

The former president has said he fled because he could not get a fair trial in Guatemala.

He was charged with corruption in Guatemala in 2008 but released on bail. He was then rearrested this January following an extradition request by the US.

The US accuses Mr Portillo of transferring funds that had been donated to the country for educational resources into foreign bank accounts.

Under Guatemalan law, Mr Portillo must be tried in his own country before being extradited abroad.

The trial is due to begin next month.

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