Former Guatemalan president Portillo, accused of corruption, speaks to media before boarding plane for his extradition to United States in Guatemala City
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Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo, accused of corruption, speaks to the media before boarding a plane for his extradition to the United States for money laundering, at the Air Force Base in Guatemala City, May 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
updated 3/18/2014 11:51:19 AM ET 2014-03-18T15:51:19

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo pleaded guilty to a charge of money-laundering conspiracy in a federal court in New York on Tuesday.

"I'm guilty, your honor," he said through a translator.

U.S. prosecutors had accused Portillo of laundering tens of millions of dollars that they said he embezzled from the Guatemalan government. Portillo was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004.

A Guatemalan court cleared him of embezzlement charges in May 2011, but the country's Supreme Court later endorsed an extradition request from the United States.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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