Noriega: If he is exiled to to Venezuela, he will spill the beans on the Bush Crime Family. If he is extradited to France, he will get the "Milosevic treatment."
According to informed sources in Washington, former Panamanian President
Manuel Noriega, considered a legal "prisoner of war" by the United
States, will be released from a Federal prison in Miami in May. Noriega
is presently serving a 98-year sentence for homicide, drug trafficking, and
corruption. He has also been sentenced in absentia in Panama to a 60-year sentence.
In 2004, the Federal judge who sentenced Noriega recommended that due to his
advancing age and conversion to Baptist, he be paroled. However, informed sources
report that negotiations are taking place between Panama, the United States,
and France to have Noriega extradited to face criminal charges in France. Panama
reportedly has agreed to allow the United States to extradite Noriega to France.
The primary supporters of Noriega's continued imprisonment are President Martin
Torrijos, the son of Panama's pre-Noriega dictator Omar Torrijos; First Vice
President Samuel Lewis Navarro; and Panamanian ambassador to the U.S. Federico
A. Humbert Arias. All three are reportedly close to right-wing GOP circles in
the Bush administration, including the Cuban-American rightists in the GOP,
as well as Bush-connected businesses, including Halliburton and Wachovia Bank.
The word is that Panama and the United States would prefer to have France give
Noriega, who is now 72, a ten-year sentence with the hope that he will die in
a French prison thus extricating the Bush administration from having the ex-president,
jailed by Bush's father, from dying on U.S. soil -- a potential embarrassment
to the U.S. in a Latin America that is now awash in anti-American fervor. In 2004,
Noriega suffered a minor stroke.
However, there are also those in Panama and Latin America who are pressing
for Noriega to be allowed to go into exile in Venezuela, where President Hugo
Chavez wants to permit the former Panamanian President and one-time close ally
of the United States and CIA to freely reveal everything he knows about the
involvement of President George H. W. Bush and leading Reagan and Bush I officials
in drug and weapons trafficking and money laundering involving the Bank of Credit
and Commerce International (BCCI) and other corporate entities.
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