Thursday, August 4, 2011
News reports indicate that France has agreed to extradite former Panamanian President Manuel Noriega back to Panama. In 2010, Noriega was tried and sentenced to seven years in prison in France for money laundering because he used illegally gotten gains to purchase property in Paris. Prior to that, Noriega had spent 17 years in jail in the United States for his involvement with drugs after he was deposed with the assistance of the U.S. military in 1989. Panama is seeking to put Noriega on trial for human rights abuses during his regime from 1981-1989, although he has already been convicted there in abstentia for at least three human rights violations. News reports do not indicate when the extradition will occur.