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.


Jane R said...

Y'know, I know we are not supposed to judge people by their looks or even the look on their face, and I try to live by that, but dat man does not have a nice face, no he doesn't. Gives me the chills.

Padre Mickey said...

Well, that's why they call him Piña.

I'm sure he's a Very Nice Man, having been saved in prison and everything.

I have to say, I always admired the way he stood up to the Bush administration. He was braver than most of the reporters in the U.S.

Caminante said...

Nope, la Piña va s'amuser en France maintenant.

KELSO'S NUTS said...

I'm very glad that parts of the area devastated by Operation Just Cause (ya siento el asco!) have been left as testimony -- unlike whatever monstrosities they plan for "Ground Zero."

We'll have to hash this out privately because it's "hot button", and involves many complicated issues to do with the CIA and the politics of Colombia and to a lesser extent Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, but (even though I support Torrijos, papa e hijo), I agree with your contrast of the pineapple with the US media.

Now, let's see if the odious Uribe has the same steel when his turn comes. It sure doesn't look like it given his closeness with the same paras who killed HIS father!

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