"The President signed the transaction the former head of State might respond to the US Justice for alleged laundering of $70 million. It will be the first Guatemalan ruler tried in another country for corruption."
"I ordered the administrative process for four extraditions, the four towards the United States."Álvaro Colom "One of them is the citizen Alfonso Portillo Cabrera", stated in a press conference.
With the endorsement of the President, ended the process for Guatemala to respond to the American request that claimed the former dignitary.
Colom said his decision is due to the independence of the Judicial powers and Executive, taking into account that a court's ruling had already ordered the extradition.
According to resolutions of the fifth Criminal Court and of the constitutionality Court (CC), Portillo must be extradited when you have resolved their legal status in Guatemala and ensuring their human rights.
The former head of State was acquitted by the embezzlement of 15.1 million in the Ministry of defence during his Government. That process putting to extradition, but the public prosecutor's Office appealed the ruling and reactivated the case, which delayed the other transaction.
In addition to Portillo, will be extradited Sergio Ruano Marroquín, for murder and serious injury, and Edgar Estrada Morales and Victor Estrada walls, for drug trafficking.