Kenneth Rijock

Kenneth Rijock

Thursday, November 24, 2011

FRENCH COURT SAYS NORIEGA CAN BE EXTRADITED TO PANAMA

Reports from France confirm that former General Manuel Antonio Noriega, who is presently serving a seven year sentence in that country for money laundering, can be extradited to his native Panama. Noriega, who has been convicted in absentia of murder, embezzlement and corruption, will be headed to Panama as soon as the French prime Minister executes a decree, authorising his extradition.

Noriega, who reportedly had a stroke, and suffered from prostate cancer, whilst he was serving a long sentence in the United States, is believed to be eligible for house arrest in Panama, due to his advanced age. Whether he will become a destabilising force in Panamanian politics, due to his support base, is unknown, and Panama watchers will be closely observing the statements of the current government, and the media, after he arrives in country.

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