French Jail Awaits Noriega?
Posted on Aug 24, 2007
Once he’s released in September from a Miami prison, where he’s been serving time for the last 15 years, former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega faces yet another jail term, either in his homeland or, more likely, in France. On Friday, a U.S. federal judge refused to block Noriega’s extradition to France, where he may endure yet another stint in a foreign prison.
Noriega is to gain early release from a Florida prison for good behaviour in September, but a fight has begun over where he will be heading next.
The French authorities want his extradition so that he can serve out a sentence on a 1999 money-laundering conviction obtained in absentia.
But Panama’s President Martin Torrijos said he would like the former military leader returned to Panama to serve a sentence for the murder of a government opponent.