December 11th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega returns home after 22 years

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Sunday evening in his home country, nearly 22 years after U.S. forces forcibly removed him from office.

The 77-year old was expected to head straight to prison to serve time for crimes committed during his rule. He will be flown to and housed in an individual cell in El Renacer, a medium-security facility in Gamboa, the government said.

Noriega arrived at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.

"I think it has historic and symbolic significance," said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, about the former leader's return.

"It's a sense of closure for the Panamanian people. He clearly was a dictator for six years and presided over assassinations, disappearances and killing of opposition leaders. And so I think that it's something that was unfinished business and I think it's important for Panama to have a sense of closure," he said.

Noriega's extradition process began Sunday morning with a flight from Paris to Madrid. He was in Spanish police custody during a four-hour layover before leaving Madrid Sunday afternoon on a flight to Panama City, a spokesman for Spain's airport authority said.

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  1. Bugs Ears

    LMAO, Hey I'm gonna have my death notice spelled ALL WRONG! Those that know who I am will lmao too. Nite again

    December 11, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)

    @Bugs Ears
    I highly commend you for your faith. I really was just messing with you. Friends ?

    December 12, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bugs Ears

    Friends 🙂 now I really need to kick my butt into gear and get my beauty sleep! AWWWWW 🙂

    December 12, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT ( south Yemen prison GUARD )

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    December 12, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
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