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The former president, Alfonso Portillo, 61, led Guatemala from 2000 to 2004. Two years ago, he was acquitted of embezzlement charges in Guatemala, but by then he had been indicted in Manhattan, where federal prosecutors accused him of conspiring to launder millions of dollars in his country’s money through bank accounts in the United States and elsewhere.
After losing an extradition fight, Mr. Portillo was flown on Friday to Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. On Tuesday, he was taken before Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. of Federal District Court in Manhattan, who advised him of his rights and asked if he wanted to plead not guilty.