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Wednesday August 3, 2011

France Announces Noriega Will be Extradited to Panama

France Announces Noriega Will be Extradited to Panama

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A Panamanian court convicted Manuel Noriega, a military dictator from 1983 to 1989 of killing a military commander. He is currently in France facing seven years in prison on money laundering charges. However, it was just announced that he will soon by extradited from France to his native country, where he faces up to 20 years in prison.

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said he signed extradition papers on July 6 and said Noriega was informed of the extradition request on July 29.

Since 2010, Noriega has been in France, but for the prior two decades he was serving time in a U.S. prison after being deposed in a 1989 U.S. invasion.

The foreign ministry has said that if Noriega does not fight the extradition, Panamanian authorities “will be able to quickly take custody of the former dictator.”