Noriega, who has spent the past 20 years in an American jail, was extradited to France in April to stand trial for allegedly putting millions from a Colombian cocaine cartel into French bank accounts and luxury properties in the 1980s.
Moreover, why was Noriega extradited to France? Noriega, 77, who was ousted in a 1989 U.S. invasion, has been jailed in France on a seven-year sentence for money-laundering after serving 20 years in U.S. prison for drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering.
Also, who was Noriega’s lawyer? Rubino said Takiff rejected the State Department’s proposed deal. “Had Gen. Noriega not followed Mr. Takiff’s advice, there is a real possibility that the indictment would have been dismissed and we wouldn’t be here today,” Rubino told Hoeveler.