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Manuel Noriega extradited to French court after 20 years in US custody

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(Read caption) In this image from video from WSVN-TV, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, wearing hat, right, arrives at Miami International Airport in Miami to board an Air France flight to Paris on Monday.

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A jet-lagged Manuel Noriega appeared in a French courtroom today after an overnight Air France flight from Miami to Paris.

At age 72 and after two decades in a Miami jail as the only official prisoner of war in US custody, the former Panamanian president now faces another 10 years in French prison if convicted of laundering $7 million in drug profits by purchasing luxury apartments in Paris in the 1980s.

Noriega’s flight departed Monday evening and arrived at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport in the early morning. He was then whisked to a courtroom to hear charges. After the hearing today, one of his French lawyers told the BBC that the aging former dictator appeared "much weakened" and was "receiving medical treatment."

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