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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Federal judge lifted Noriega extradition stay
Sarah Steers at 12:00 AM ET

On March 24, 2010, the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida revoked a stay of extradition for Manuel Noriega, the former military leader and ruler of Panama. While Noriega was incarcerated in the US, France requested his extradition on charges of money laundering. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton permitted Noriega's extradition after the stay was lifted, and Noriega arrived in France on April 27, 2010. Noriega's appeal for bail while in custody in France was rejected by the Paris Court of Appeals on May 28, 2010. The money laundering trial began in June 2010, and Noriega was convicted and sentenced to seven years in July 2010. Noriega was then extradited to Panama on charges of human rights violations in December 2011.

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