U.S. District Court Judge Cites Geneva Convention to Stay Noriega’s Extradition

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Author: 
Elena Papangelopoulou
Volume: 
24
Issue: 
4
Abstract: 

On January 30, 2008, U.S. District Judge Paul Huck issued a stay of Manuel Noriega’s extradition until the related appeals are decided upon. France has requested the former Panamanian dictator’s extradition, as he was sentenced in absentia there for laundering drug proceeds. The French government has, however, agreed to a new trial if Noriega is extradited. Noriega could face a conviction for up to 10 years. In 1989, French customs froze bank accounts worth $2.3 million when the investigation started against Noriega...[more]