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Extradited Noriega arrives in France

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Extradited Noriega arrives in France


Panama’s former leader Manuel Noriega has arrived in France after his extradition by the United States.

The 76-year-old ex-army general was lead off the Air France flight from Miami by police officers at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

He is set to be questioned over money laundering allegations.

A Paris court convicted him in his absence in 1999 on the same charges but he could face a new trial within two months.

Noriega spent 17 years in a US jail for drug trafficking. He is still wanted in Panama for human rights abuses.

French prosecutors allege he used the proceeds of those drug deals to buy luxury apartments in Paris.

He ruled as the military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989.

Disputed elections erupted into violence in the final year of his rule. US forces then invaded Panama to restore order.

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