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Latino Daily News

Wednesday July 7, 2010

Former Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

The former Panamanian dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in French prison for the laundering of millions of euros into French bank accounts and properties in the 1980s.

The 76-year old former dictator arrived in Paris to be retried in April after being extradited from the United States where he had been in prison for 20 years. During his rule, Panama became the mecca for the distribution of cocaine from Colombian drug cartels who repaid the favor in the multi-millions that went directly to the dictator.

Noriega is eligible to apply for parole mid-sentence, and could potentially be released in about a year. Panamanian authorities have issued an extradition request where he faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for countless crimes. Due to his age he would serve his sentence under house arrest.

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