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Manuel "El Man" Noriega Dead At 83, Front Page From Panama

13 Juin 2017

In March 2017, he suffered a brain hemorrhage during surgery, making his condition worse and placing him in the ICU. He was then sent to France, where he was convicted of money laundering and was sentenced to seven-year prison sentence. In 2011, he was then extradited to Panama, where he was convicted of the murder of political opponents and other charges.

On Dec. 20, 1989, US troops invaded in "Operation Just Cause", razing the army's headquarters and turning the capital upside down to find Noriega.

A US Senate sub-committee once described Washington's relationship with Noriega as one of the United States' most serious foreign policy failures.

For more on the problematic figure and duplicitous nature of Noriega, read here.

From the late 1950s to the 1980s, Noriega worked with the Central Intelligence Agency until a "state of war" was declared between the two countries in what would become the United States' invasion of Panama.

Following Noriega's ouster Panama underwent huge changes, taking over the Panama Canal from US control in 1999, vastly expanding the waterway and enjoying a boom in tourism and real estate.

Noriega, who studied at a military academy in Peru, supported Gen. Omar Torrijos in a coup that ousted President Arnulfo Arias in 1968. When Torrijos died in a plane crash in 1981, Noriega seized control of the National Guard and was general by 1983.

February 11, 1934: Noriega is born to a poor family in Panama City's Guachimango district.

Noriega had since said his relationship with the United States soured when he refused to participate in anti-communist efforts spearheaded by the CIA in Central America during the 1980s The CIA has not commented on Noriega's claims.

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The de facto dictator would leave those official (and empty) titles to the series of puppet civilian presidents whose electoral victories he'd help engineer behind the scenes, a convenient fiction he would maintain until the twilight of his rule in 1989.

In his efforts to provide assistance to the Ronald Reagan-led government, Noriega allowed Panama to be used as a conduit for channeling funds and military equipment to the right wing military groups stationed to fight against the Sandinista regime.

The report notes that Noriega left prison under house arrest in January to undergo surgery to remove a brain tumor.

President Juan Carlos Varela posted on Twitter that Noriega's death "closed a chapter in our history", adding that the family of the former strongman "deserved to bury him in peace". "You may think what you like of Noriega, but we can't say he was anything but respectful toward his neighbors".

He says in an interview with The Associated Press that Noriega became a "narco-dictator" and a "brutal" killer.

The former strongman was flown to the United States, where a court there convicted him on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, and sentenced him to prison. It was just months before Noriega would surrender power amid a USA military operation against his government.

Noriega is survived by his wife Felicidad and daughters Lorena, Thays and Sandra.

Eisenmann also mocked Noriega for taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy when US troops invaded in December 1989, instead of standing his ground like a soldier. Torrijos makes him chief of Panama's military intelligence.