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Noriega's bid to avoid extradition to France fails

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Noriega's bid to avoid extradition to France fails

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A US judge has refused to block the extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France where he faces a 10-year jail sentence for money laundering.

Noriega’s attorney argued that his status as a prisoner of war would allow him to return to Panama, but the judge disagreed.

The attorney said the appeal process would go on.

Noriega was captured after the US invasion of Panama in 1989.

He was convicted in 1992 for accepting bribes to permit drugs from Colombia to pass through Panama on their way to the US.

Noriega’s 30-year sentence has been reduced due to his good behaviour.

73-year-old Noriega faces yet another prison sentence in Panama where he was convicted in absentia for murder and human rights violations and sentenced to 20 years.