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France To Extradite Noriega


(RFE/RL) — The French government has confirmed that it plans to extradite former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to Panama, where he faces a lengthy jail term.

The Foreign Ministry said Noriega, who is serving a seven-year sentence for money laundering in France, has been informed of the decision.

Mugshot of Noriega, after his surrender (1990)
Mugshot of Noriega, after his surrender (1990)

His lawyer said he does not plan to appeal. A former army general, Noriega ruled Panama for six years before being toppled in a U.S. invasion in 1989.

Before he was extradited to France last year, he spent more than 15 years in prison in the United States for drug trafficking and money laundering.

In Panama, Noriega faces 20 years in jail for human rights violations during his rule. He could be back home as early as next month.



RFE/RL journalists report the news in 21 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established.

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