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French court rules to extradite Noriega

11-24-2011 14:04 BJT

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A French court has ruled former Panamanian leader Manual Noriega be extradited to Panama, where he faces a 20-year prison sentence.

Panamanian Foreign Minister Roberto Henriquez said they expect France to give Panama formal notification within 15 days. Panama will then have 30 days to respond.

The seventy-seven year old Noriega has been jailed since 2010 in France, serving a seven-year sentence for laundering millions of euros into French bank accounts and properties in the 1980s.

Previously, he served 20 years in a US prison for drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering.

In Panama, he faces three 20-year convictions for the deaths of political opponents, handed down in absentia and to be served concurrently.

 

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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