September 25, 1991 |
A former military aide to deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega acknowledged under cross-examination Tuesday that he never examined the contents of alleged drug-money envelopes he said he delivered to Noriega in the 1980s. Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a prosecution witness who had told Monday of taking cash-filled envelopes to Noriega in his office, conceded to defense attorney Frank Rubino that he never looked inside.
January 24, 1990 |
Federal prosecutors asked the judge in the Manuel A. Noriega case Tuesday to impose strict procedures for releasing sensitive documents about the deposed Panamanian leader's past involvement with the CIA and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a new court filing, government lawyers said many records classified "Top Secret" will be sought by defense attorneys and "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the United States" if made public.
March 22, 1990 |
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to one drug-trafficking charge and will testify for the government against the deposed Panamanian dictator, sources close to the case said Wednesday. The agreement with Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid of the Panama Defense Forces is a significant development for federal prosecutors.
September 24, 1991 |
A one-time trusted aide of Manuel A. Noriega testified Monday that the former military leader directed him to deliver bulky envelopes stuffed with drug money to Noriega's headquarters in Panama City. The statement by former Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid came as the U.S. government presented a second week of testimony in federal court in support of 10 charges that Noriega accepted millions of dollars in payoffs to provide a safe haven for Colombian cocaine traffickers.
January 18, 1990 |
In a surprise move, U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler on Wednesday ordered the drug-trafficking and money-laundering trial of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and a raft of co-defendants to begin the week of March 5, but he left open the possibility of postponements. Hoeveler fixed the trial date after attorneys for Lt. Col. Luis A.
September 20, 1991 |
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega testified Thursday that the former Panamanian strongman began amassing great power 20 years ago while only a major in his nation's army. Noriega consolidated the functions of national intelligence, immigration, customs and passports under his control soon after he took charge of the military intelligence office in the early 1970s, according to the former aide, Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid.