Calling in sick

Found a "Portillo"? (Via Prensa Libre.)

What’s wrong with Alfonso Portillo? The Guatemalan ex-president (2000-2004) was arrested and placed in a maximum-security prison on January 26 at the request of the United States, which is seeking him on charges of laundering part of the US$70 million in government funds that Guatemala, in turn, is trying him for embezzling.

But on Saturday, he was suddenly transferred to a military prison hospital with “respiratory problems.” Then it was rumored he had heart problems, but no one had released any official statement. The public prosecutor requested a report on Portillo’s condition from the military, but the report was delayed.

People are starting to wonder what’s going on. Portillo has evaded justice before: To face the embezzlement charges, he had to be extradited from Mexico in 2008. And his mysterious illness occurred right after President Colom stated that extraditing Portillo to the U.S. was fine by him. The authorities say the report on Portillo’s health will be released today.

But we’re still waiting.

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  1. By Is Alfonso Portillo sick or healthy? | Lat/Am Daily on February 23, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    [...] Alfonso Portillo healthy or sick? No one knows yet, though we were supposed to find out yesterday. It’s now been three days since the ex-Guatemalan president accused of embezzlement and money [...]

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