French court gives final OK to extradite Noriega

November 23, 2011 16:23


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PARIS - A French appeals court on Wednesday gave its definitive approval for former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega to be extradited to his home country to serve a 20-year prison sentence for human rights crimes.

The court approved extradition for Noriega - Panama's de facto ruler in the 1980s before being toppled in a US led invasion - earlier this year but legal proceedings related to a second extradition request delayed the transfer.

Noriega's lawyer Olivier Metzner said on Wednesday it was now up to Panama to send a military airplane or police authorities to carry out the extradition.

Noriega, 77, has been jailed since 2010 in France, serving a seven-year sentence for money-laundering.

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