May 22, 2014 / 6:44 PM / 3 years ago

Ex-Guatemalan leader gets nearly six years prison for bribe plea

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to five years, 10 months in prison on Thursday after admitting to taking $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwan and laundering funds through U.S. banks.

Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo is seen in a courtroom drawing in U.S. District Court in New York May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson at a court hearing in New York.

Portillo, 62, served as president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004. He has been detained in prisons in Guatemala and the United States since 2010.

Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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