Noriega Returned to Panama, Still Jailed
Former Panama General Manuel Noriega served 17 years in prison in the U.S. for drugs and 2 years in France for money laundering. This weekend, at his request, he was returned to Panama to begin serving three 20 year sentences. He's now 77 and in a wheelchair.
Noriega was toppled in a US invasion of Panama in 1989. He was convicted in absentia in three homicide cases involving 11 murders, including the 1985 beheading of a doctor who threatened to reveal Noriega’s drug ties. He was also responsible for the executions of nine officers who staged a failed coup.
Here are some photos of Noriega's arrest by U.S. DEA agents in Panama. The lead take-down agent, DEA group supervisor, Rene DelaCova, pleaded guilty 1n 1994 to stealing $700,000 from drug traffickers in an unrelated case. He got a 3 year sentence. [More...]
To revisit what a big deal Noriega was back then, check out The Contras, Cocaine and Covert Operations. Here's the 1988 Kerry Report on the CIA and the Contras and the 1992 Kerry Report on the BCCI Affair. Here's some Oliver North files. Another good read: BCCI and Law Enforcement.
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