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Panama: Ex-dictator Noriega has limited mobility

December 14, 2011
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PANAMA CITY, Panama—Panamanian authorities say an initial medical exam has found former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega has limited mobility due to a stroke.

A Wednesday statement from the Interior Ministry says Noriega also has high blood pressure, a peptic ulcer and allergic rhinitis. It says, however, that he can move on his own and take care of himself despite his ailments.

Noriega spent about 20 years in U.S. and French prisons on drug-trafficking and money-laundering convictions. He was returned to Panama on Sunday and is now serving three 20-year sentences for the killings of political opponents in the 1980s.

His lawyers say they plan to request house arrest under a Panamanian law that allows prisoners older than 70 to serve their sentences at home.

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