Monday, June 21 2010 @ 09:56 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
In that ruling, the State of Panama only received only nominal damages of one franc, because the judges felt that the money laundered by Noriega and his wife in France did not come from Panamanian state coffers, but rather from drug trafficking. The lawyer representing the government of Panama before the Appeals Court, Benot Lavagne, said during the hearing next week Panama would ask for a specific sum that he would not disclose today, and he only said it was justified due to "moral and material damages." Faarup stated, in any event, because theirs is a private accusation, their demand is limited to asking for compensation, and not to enter into the question of a criminal conviction against Noriega. In 1999, the Justice French also sentenced the former dictator ten years in prison for laundering some $3.1 million dollars. Noriega, 76, was extradited to France on April 27 from the United States, where he served 20 years in prison. (La Prensa)
Editor's Comment: Huh? Noriega get caught and convicted of laundering about $3.1 million dollars of drug money in France, and now the government of Panama is trying to get the money? In his original conviction the French Court awarded practically nothing to Panama because it wasn't state funds, but rather laundered drug money in France. So, now Panama is going after back after the $3.1 million dollars? That seems weird to me...