Ex-Guatemala president extradited to US

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The lawyer for ex-Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo says he is being extradited to the United States to face money-laundering and embezzlement charges.

Attorney Mauricio Berreondo says Portillo was taken Friday from a hospital where he was recovering from an operation to the city's international airport to be put on a U.S.-bound plane.

An Associated Press reporter saw a small white jet carrying Portillo take off late morning local time.

In 2011, a Guatemalan court found Portillo not guilty of charges that he stole $15 million from the country's Defense Department when he governed the country from 2000 to 2004. Portillo is charged in a New York federal court with money laundering and embezzling $1.5 million donated by Taiwan to buy schoolbooks for Guatemalan children.

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