Noriega extradited to France to face money laundering charges

By Christine Duhaime | April 27th, 2010

Former Panamanian President Manuel Noriega was extradited to France from the U.S. on an extradition warrant to face charges that he laundered US$3.15 million in drug profits through transactions that included buying luxurious apartments in Paris. Noriega was in jail serving a sentence for multiple charges, including drug trafficking in the U.S. from 1990 to 2007. Since 2007, he has been held in custody pending extradition applications from France and Panama. He is the first head of a foreign country to be convicted of crimes in the U.S. courts, and he became the U.S.’ only official prisoner of war.

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