Meeting to Discuss the Fate of Noriega

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Manuel Antonio Noriega

Manuel Antonio Noriega

The Noriega case still remains an issue between France and Panama.  There will be a meeting on May 3rd in Paris to discuss the issues between Vice President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela and Alain Juppé, his French counterpart.  More information below from La Prensa –

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/JUDICIAL

Noriega case remains an issue between France and Panama

Former Panamanian General, Manuel Antonio Noriega – imprisoned in Paris for the crime of money laundering, continues to be an issue between the governments of France and Panama, as the Central-American nation wants him back.

With three extradition requests filed with the French government, Panama is seeking the return of the former Panamanian dictator, so that he can comply with the law of his country for two crimes for which he is expected to be sentenced to 20 years each.

Panamanian Foreign Minister, Juan Carlos Varela, is scheduled to travel to France next week to meet with his French counterpart, Alain Juppé, with whom he will discuss the future of Noriega as well as other bilateral issues.

The meeting between the two foreign ministers, slated for May 3, will be mainly focused on the pending extradition requests submitted to the French government, which previously responded that the 77-year prisoner must complete his sentences in that country.

Noriega was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the court in Paris in July of 2010, on charges of laundering $3 million from drug-trafficking, committed between 1988 and 1989, during the military regime he led.

In Panama, meanwhile, the former strongman is indebted to the Panamanian justice system for the murder of former opposition leader, Hugo Spadafora in 1985, as well as the death of Major Moises Giroldi in 1989, amid a failed military coup.  (http://www.prensa.com/hoy/english/news_6996.asp)

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