Noriega to be extradited to Panama on Sunday

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 12:59 PM
Noriega to be extradited to Panama on Sunday

An attorney for Manuel Noriega says the former Panamanian strongman is to be extradited from France to his homeland on Sunday.

Yves Leberquier says it's "good news" that "this old and tired man" is returning home "after more than 20 years in American and French prisons."

French authorities have approved two extradition requests by Panama, which plans to retry Noriega in two cases in which he was convicted in absentia.

Noriega was ousted in the United States' 1989 invasion of Panama, convicted of drug racketeering in Miami and served 20 years in a U.S. prison.

The U.S. extradited the former dictator to France in April 2010 to face charges he laundered some $3 million in drug money. He was convicted and handed a seven-year sentence.