Panama seeks Noriega's extradition over killings
Noriega, who is now serving a 30-year term in a U.S. jail for drug
trafficking, was found guilty in absentia by Panama's courts in 1995 of
conspiracy to commit murder in the Oct. 3, 1989 firing squad executions of
nine military officers. They had led an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow his
Panama's high court in 1995 condemned Noriega for his involvement in the
executions, which took place at the former Albrook Air Force base in what
was once the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone. The two leaders of the
revolt were also tortured and executed separately.
"The court is negotiating the extradition of Manuel Noriega for (conspiracy
to commit murder) in the Albrook case," the court said in a statement.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman said his office had not been notified of the
Sentencing in the Albrook case is still pending but Noriega could face
years in jail over the executions.
Noriega, who ruled between 1983 and 1989, could also face 20 years in jail
after being condemned in absentia in the 1985 torture and death of Hugo
Spadafora, a doctor and journalist who was one of Noriega's most vocal
The former military strongman, who has been in a Florida prison since
shortly after the U.S. invasion of Panama on Dec. 20, 1989, will be eligible
for parole in the United States in 2006.
Noriega and his wife, Felicidad, also face charges of money laundering