On his way back to face justice – Panama’s former dictator Manuel Noriega is being flown home to serve forty years in prison for murders committed during his rule.
He left Paris on Sunday morning, where he’s been behind bars following a conviction for money laundering.
The former military leader has spent the last twenty years incarcerated. First in Miami, after being captured during the US invasion of Panama in 1989. A rift grew between the two countries, with the US alleging Noriega had ties to Colombian drug cartels.
From April this year, Noriega was held at a prison in Paris. French authorities agreed to his extradition in November.
Convicted in absentia for the deaths of 11 people in three homicide cases, he was sentenced to 40 years. However, the government could allow this to be served under house arrest because he is over the age of 70.
Noriega is also a suspect in the disappearances of more than 100 people who went missing during his time in charge.