Manuel Noriega, a thug of a different era

11 Jun

In an era that surges with new monsters and tyrants, the former Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega, who died in a hospital on Monday, at the age of eighty-three, seemed an almost quaint throwback to another time. Noriega had been all but forgotten by the world since his precipitous fall from grace, in 1989, when U.S. military forces invaded Panama to remove him from power. While the world moved on and changed, Noriega spent the past twenty-seven years in prison, most of it in a U.S. federal penitentiary, after being convicted on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges, then briefly in France, for money laundering, and finally, since 2011, back home in Panama, for murder.

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Posted by on June 11, 2017 in South America



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