July 7th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Noriega sentenced to seven years in prison

[Updated at 8:39 a.m.] Manuel Noriega could be eligible for parole as early as next year, his lawyer told CNN.

[Posted at 8:25 a.m.] Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to seven years in prison for money-laundering by a French court Wednesday.

Noriega was also fined 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million), the amount he was accused of laundering through French banks.

The former dictator looked shaken and disconsolate at the sentence, which means he will be behind bars until he is 83 years old.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    I look forward to independant journalists and news agencys in Europe and around the world that now have the opportunity to freely interview the former leader of Panama, Manuel Noriega what specifically he knows about the depraved and utterly corrupt 'Bush Family values'. And Bush sr's. involvement as the director of the CIA in moving Cocaine out of South America and the mass torture and deaths of Latin and South American civilians which former Pope John Paul 1 loudly complained about shortly before he himself was murdered.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jhaeneth

    bush terrorista americano

    July 16, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard

    Why are thay still hasseling pappa Bush's banker.All the guy did was laundering his coke money. The real question is will he be out in time to tell us what realy happened in the Iran/ contra thing. All the realy bad guys got away with the evil thay did.

    September 21, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |