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Noriega faces retrial in France

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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega will appear before a French court today to face charges of money laundering.

His lawyers had sought his release on bail following his extradition from the United States in April but a French judge said Noriega could not be trusted to stay in the country if he was freed.

He has already spent more than 20 years behind bars in the US after being convicted by a Miami court in 1982 for drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering.

He was also found guilty in France and convicted in his absence in 1999 of money laundering and his latest trial could result in a ten year sentence.

Panama is also seeking Noriega’s extradition where he could face 20 years in jail for various alleged crimes.