Noriega Appears Feeble In 1st Day Of French Trial
I just love a juicy money laundering scandal, especially when it involves a boldly criminal dictator and the CIA!!
An excerpt from this update on Panama’s Manuel Noriega:
… Noriega has already spent 20 years in the U.S. for drug trafficking. If convicted in France for money laundering, he could face another 10 years behind bars.
In April, Noriega was extradited to Paris for allegations of concealing cocaine profits in French bank accounts.
For funneling several million dollars in what is believed to be money from cocaine profits, the French courts convicted him in absentia in 1999. The French prosecutors say he laundered several million dollars in cocaine profits through three major French banks. He was also accused of using drug cash to invest in three posh Paris apartments on the Left Bank.
But Noriega, the Panamanian ruler from 1981 to 1989, has insisted that the money came from his brother’s inheritance, his wife’s personal fortune and payments by the Central Intelligence Agency…