August 25, 2007 |
A federal judge in Miami cleared the way Friday for the United States to extradite Manuel Noriega to France upon his completion of a federal drug trafficking sentence, ending a tug of war over the former Panamanian dictator's fate. In a 12-page opinion, U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler rejected arguments from Noriega's lawyers that the proposed transfer would violate his rights as a prisoner of war under the Geneva Convention.
July 27, 2007 |
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega on Thursday made his first court appearance in a dozen years, his face expressionless as his lawyers fought a French request for extradition once he is released from a Florida prison in September. A black coat covering his general's uniform and insignia, the 72-year-old answered tersely in Spanish to U.S. Magistrate William C. Turnoff's questions about his name, age and whether he understood the proceedings. The first hearing on the U.S.
July 18, 2007 |
Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega will be extradited to France to serve a 10-year sentence for money laundering upon his release from prison in Florida this fall, according to Justice Department papers filed in court Tuesday. A French court convicted and sentenced Noriega in absentia in 1999. He was charged with unlawfully depositing millions in drug money in several French bank accounts and laundering the cash partly by purchasing three Paris apartments.
July 2, 1999 |
A French court Thursday sentenced former Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and his wife to 10 years in prison for laundering millions of dollars through accounts in several leading French banks. The couple, who were also fined a total of $29.1 million, were tried and sentenced in absentia. Noriega is in prison near Miami, serving a 30-year term for money laundering and drug trafficking. Felicidad Noriega's whereabouts is unknown to authorities. The trial focused on $2.
August 12, 1998 |
With no hope of getting his conviction overturned, former Panamanian leader Manuel A. Noriega is asking a judge to trim his 40-year drug trafficking sentence to 15 years. "Clearly political expediency has infected the parole process," Noriega's attorneys said in a motion filed in Miami. "General Noriega is being required to serve two-thirds of his sentence because of who he is." Assistant U.S. Atty. Michael Sullivan must prepare a written response to the motion.
March 28, 1996 |
Ousted Panamanian leader Manuel A. Noriega is not entitled to a retrial despite new evidence that Colombia's Cali cocaine cartel bribed a witness to testify against him on drug charges, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler in Miami agreed with prosecutors who argued that the evidence would not have changed the jury's verdict. Noriega was convicted in 1992 after being captured during the U.S. invasion of Panama, and is serving a 40-year sentence for protecting U.S.