Manuel Noriega returned home on Sunday. The former drug-running military dictator of Panama returned home so he can serve a 20-year sentence.
Noriega was Panama’s drug-running military dictator back in the 80s. He made his way home on Sunday, where he will serve a 20-year term at a jungle prison, for opponents that were murdered during his rule.
According to the New York Times, Noriega, who is now 77, was ousted from power back in 1989, after the U.S. invaded Panama. Noriega has already spent two decades behind bars. His first stint was in Florida and then he went to France, after he was convicted on drug trafficking charges and money laundering charges, while he was in power.
According to SF Gate, there are some Panamanians who feel hatred towards Noriega. However, when he finally arrived in Panama City, the crowds there were made up of holiday shoppers and not of supporters or protestors. There seemed to be no hard feelings at all.
Noriega arrived home on early Sunday, after being handed over by officials in France.
According to ABC, the president of Panama, President Ricardo Martinelli, said that the former dictator needs to pay for the horror he committed against the citizens in Panama.
Sources say that the former general came back to the country much different than the one he left when he decided to surrender himself on Jan 3, 1990, to U.S. forces. The government was once run by military strongmen but currently is run by its fourth elected president.