Panama’s Nor­iega given 7 years in prison

Austin American-Statesman - - THURSDAYBRIEFING -

PARIS — A Paris court con­victed for­mer Pana­ma­nian dic­ta­tor Manuel Nor­iega, 76, of laun­der­ing drug money in France and or­dered him to spend seven years be­hind bars. The sen­tence in France, where Nor­iega was ex­tra­dited 10 weeks ago, came on top of his two decades al­ready spent in a U.S. prison. The court said there was enough ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish that mil­lions of eu­ros that flowed through Nor­iega’s French bank ac­counts in the late 1980s were drug traf­fick­ers’ kick­backs.

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