US judge orders Noriega extradition to France

Tuesday 28 August 2007 16.25
US judge orders Noriega extradition to France

A US federal judge has approved the extradition of former Panamian dictator Manuel Noriega to France after he completes a prison sentence on 9 September.

Noriega was captured during the 1989 invasion of Panama and taken to the United States, where he was convicted of drug  trafficking.

In 1999, a French court sentenced him in absentia to 10 years in jail for money laundering.