Friday, August 24, 2007
Judge won’t block Noriega’s extradition to France
US Federal District Judge William M. Hoeveler has held General Manuel Antonio Noriega’s prisoner of war status does not shield him from extradition to a third country to face criminal charges. The decision allows an effort to extradite Noriega to France to face money laundering charges to proceed.
Hoeveler made his ruling on a narrow ground that he has no jurisdiction to grant a habeas corpus motion in Noriega’s circumstances. In dictum --- a speculative legal argument not necessary to the decision of the case --- he used scholarly commentaries on the Fourth Geneva Convention and applied them by analogy to the Third Geneva Convention, the latter which rules the treatment of prisoners of war, to conclude that “competing claims for Defendant’s extradition are matters for the Secretary of State to resolve.”
From Eric Jackson at the Panama News
I guess he won't be coming back to Panama to sit on a rocking chair with his grandchild just yet.
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