Died, the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega

Manuel Noriega

Former Panamanian dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega died at the age of 83 years. About it reports the edition Critica.

The cause of death was a brain tumor. After one of the operations carried out in March this year, Noriega was in a coma and has not regained consciousness.

Noriega was the de facto leader of Panama between 1983 and 1989. Not officially held any government posts, but was called the Highest leader of the national liberation of Panama.

The first was a US ally in Latin America and since the late 1950s, actively collaborated with the CIA, but in 1988, the American authorities have accused him of drug trafficking.

Noriega was overthrown in December 1989 as a result of the Americans military operation. The General was arrested and brought to the United States. In July 1992, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug trafficking and extortion. Later the period was reduced to 30 years: the us Supreme court took into account the long-term cooperation of the General with the CIA.

In April 2010, the former dictator was extradited to France, where he was also convicted of money laundering through French banks and the smuggling of drugs. In December of 2011, Noriega was extradited to his homeland, where he was also awaiting imprisonment: in 1995, a Panamanian court convicted him in the murders of political opponents and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Since the return home and to death Noriega served his sentence in various prisons.