U.S. officials are praising Guatemala’s decision to allow the extradition of former president Alfonso Portillo, who faces U.S. charges of laundering allegedly embezzled foreign donations.
Guatemala’s highest court says Portillo can be extradited, but can’t be sent to a U.S. facility for violent offenders.
In a statement Thursday, the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala says the decision reflects the progress that Guatemala’s government is making against impunity.While that's what the U.S. government has to say, a more significant step forward in Guatemala would have been had the courts found him guilty in the first place. Then there would have been no need to extradite him. (See also this AP story.)