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News Americas, PARIS, France, Tues. June 21, 2011: French authorities are trying to extradite former Panamanian military ruler, Manuel Noriega, back to his homeland.

Noriega was convicted in Panama for crimes committed during his rule in the 1980s and wanted by the Panamanian authorities.

But he is currently serving a seven-year sentence in France for money laundering.

He was extradited from the United States to France last year, having served 17 years of a sentence there for drug trafficking, racketeering and money laundering.
France is set to issue a decree soon on whether Noriega will be sent packing or not and he will have one month to appeal.

Noriega was arrested by US troops after their invasion of Panama in 1989.

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