Noriega to have surgery
FORMER Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has been released from prison for three months to have surgery to remove a brain tumour, his lawyer said.
Noriega, who ruled Panama from 1983 to 1989, left prison under heavy police guard to undergo treatment ahead of the surgery planned for February 15, and was taken to the apartment of one of his daughters in an upscale part of Panama City.
His defence lawyer, Ezra Angel, said judicial authorities had granted 82-year-old Noriega a period of home arrest until April 28 to go through with the operation. Afterwards, an assessment will be made on whether he should return to prison or recover outside, Judge Katerin Pitti said.
Noriega, who is serving time for murder, was initially sentenced in the US in 1992.
A truth commission investigated abuses committed under the military governments of Noriega and General Omar Torrijos between 1968 and 1989. Telesur –