Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (83) died

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega (83) died

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The former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is at the age of 83 died. Have the Panamanian authorities Tuesday announced.

The Panamanian president Juan Carlos Varela has Tuesday, in a comment made “that with his death this chapter in the history of our country can be closed”.

Beroepsmilitaire Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989. He combined his powerful position with drug trafficking and the laundering of criminal money. An American invasion brought an end to his reign.

The American president George Bush senior gave in december 1989, the order for Panama to invade. He said that he American citizens and American interests in the Panama-Channel was to defend.

After his army was defeated, fled Noriega, the embassy of the Holy see.

Rock ‘n’ roll

The Americans encircled the Vatican mission and besieged the building for days with rock-hard, rock-‘n-roll, a genre that Noriega hatred. After a few days the noise he gave at the beginning of January 1990. He was held as a prisoner of war.

After his fall, was Noriega immediately to the USA transferred. In Florida, he was two years later convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison because of drug trafficking and money laundering.

No remorse

He was a part of the punishment, and in 2007, was extradited to France. A court in that country had him in absentia for money laundering. Noriega returned eventually in september 2011 return to Panama, where he was sentenced to twenty years in prison because of murder.

Noriega has a long time no sorrow expressed for his actions as dictator, to the great frustration of the relatives of his victims. But after his return to Panama he suggested a reborn christian, and he offered to demand his apologies.

Call of Duty

Noriega was for some time ill. He underwent the past year, two surgeries for a tumor in his head.

In 2014, lamented the ex-dictator still the creators of the computer game Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, because he was portrayed as a villain. The district court dismissed his indictment.

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