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Jun 20, 2011 10:07 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

France readies to extradite Noriega to Panama

PARIS (AP) - France's government is ready to extradite former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to his home country.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero says the United States gave its "consent," opening the way for the extradition. Noriega was imprisoned in the U.S. for two decades after being deposed in a 1989 U.S. invasion.
Noriega was sent from Florida to France last year to face money laundering charges here, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison.
But Panama also wants him prosecuted for alleged crimes including the murder of political opponents.
Valero said Monday that France's government "is readying to take the extradition decree," and will then inform Noriega.
Panamanians who fought against human rights abuses under Noriega want to see him face justice at home.

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