Ex-Panama dictator Noriega flown home from France

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Police officers stand guard outside El Renacer prison where former Panama's strongman Manuel Noriega will be extradited in Panama City, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. An examination by a team of doctors in France has found Noriega fit enough to be extradited to his homeland, Panama's Foreign Ministry said Saturday. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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PARIS (AP) — Former Panamanian military strongman Manuel Noriega left France Sunday for further punishment in his homeland after more than 20 years in U.S. and French jails for drug trafficking and money laundering.

The 77-year-old departed on Sunday morning under escort from Orly airport, south of Paris, leaving behind his cell in the French capital's walled La Sante Prison. Panamanian officials say he will be sent straight to another jail cell when he lands.

A four-car convoy and motorcycles took Noriega directly to the Iberia flight to Panama City via Madrid, bypassing the walkway used by other passengers on the commercial flight. The plane took off at 8:08 a.m. (0708 GMT).

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