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Judge Says Noriega Can Be Extradited To France

From a saddened Reuters:

Judge clears way for Noriega’s French extradition

By Tom Brown Fri Aug 24

MIAMI (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday denied former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega’s demand for a speedy return home when his U.S. prison term ends next month and said nothing stood in the way of a French extradition request.

Noriega’s attorneys argued in court this month that his designation as a “prisoner of war” after his arrest during the U.S. invasion of Panama more than 17 years ago entitled him to immediate repatriation after his scheduled release from a Florida prison on September 9.

But senior U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler said protections awarded Noriega as a POW under the Geneva Conventions placed no restrictions on his possible extradition to a third country such as France, where he faces up to 10 years in prison on money-laundering charges.

Noriega, 72, is due to appear before U.S. Magistrate William Turnoff on Tuesday when France’s request for his extradition is expected to move forward. The United States supports France’s request…

“It appears that the (French) extradition proceedings should proceed uninterrupted,” Hoeveler said.

Noriega faces much more serious charges in Panama than in France. He has been convicted in absentia in his homeland for murder and human rights violations, including the 1985 beheading of Hugo Spadafora, an outspoken opponent.

A spokesman for the Panamanian government, Erich Rodriguez, said if Noriega was sent to France, Panama would file an extradition request with French authorities so that Noriega could serve his sentence for the murder of Spadafora…

While we are on the subject, how come we have not extradited George Soros to France?

Is his massive financial support of the Democrat party protecting him from justice?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 25th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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