Nor­iega to have surgery

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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 –

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