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US extradites Noriega to France

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US extradites Noriega to France


The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, has been extradited from the US to France where he faces conviction for laundering drugs money.

The 76-year old was due to land in Paris this morning and be sent before a judge later in the day.

Noriega, who spent decades on the CIA’s payroll, was first arrested in 1990 during the American invasion of Panama. Two years later he was jailed in Miami for drug trafficking. His sentence ended in 2007 after 17 years but he remained behind bars to fight extradition to France.

US Secretary of State signed the extradition warrant on yesterday.

In 1999, a court in Paris convicted him in absentia for using French banks to launder drug money. He was given a 10-year sentence but is now likely to be given a new trial.

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