French court allowed Noriega extradition to Panama

On November 23, 2011, a French appeals court ruled that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega could be extradited to Panama, where he would face charges of human rights violations committed during his rule. Noriega had already been convicted of three counts of human rights violations, with each count carrying a 20 year prison sentence. In July 2010, Noriega was sentenced by a French criminal court to seven years in prison for money laundering, involving property purchases made from drug profits. Prior to that sentence, Noriega also served a 17 year prison sentence in the US for unrelated drug charges.

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