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Panama’s Noriega to Return Home Two Decades after U.S. Invasion

LADB Article ID: 78441
Category/Department: Panama
Date: 2011-12-08
By: Sean Mattson

Before the end of the year, Panama’s former strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega will return to his homeland—almost 22 years to the day that the US invaded and ended his ruthless rule. After serving time for narcotics-related convictions in the US and France, Noriega, 77 and frail, is facing another 20 years for crimes committed during Panama’s military dictatorship. He will be locked up in a special unit of the jungle-surrounded El Renacer penitentiary but is expected to qualify for house arrest, which is likely the main reason Noriega has long fought to return to Panama despite facing certain jail time.

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