Noriega To Face The Music In Panama

News Americas, PARIS, France, Thurs. Aug. 4, 2011: Former Panamanian military leader, Manuel Noriega, wall face the music over human rights abuse in his native land after all.

France has confirmed it will extradite Noriega to his homeland of Panama next month, where he is wanted for human rights violations committed during his rule between 1983 and 1989.

Noriega, 77, has already been convicted him in absentia and found guilty of three charges of human rights violations. Each conviction carried a 20-year prison sentence.

Noriega is currently serving a prison sentence in France for money laundering. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in prison in the US after being convicted there of drug-trafficking charges.

Noriega was deposed by invading American troops in 1989 and extradited from the US to France last year, having been sentenced in absentia there in 1999 to seven years in jail.