Noriega scheduled for September release
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:12 a.m.
MIAMI - Former Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega will be released from prison on Sept. 9, his attorney said Tuesday.
Noriega is being held in the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
Noriega's attorney, Frank Rubino, said that the release date will not change, El Nuevo Herald first reported. ''I'd say that is a firm date,'' Rubino said.
Noriega, 70, had parole hearings in 2002 and 2004 to try and cut short his 30-year sentence. Both times he was not recommended for parole.
Rubino said his client plans to waive any deportation hearings and try to board a plane back to Panama the day he is released from prison.
''He wants to go back to Panama and he wants to enjoy his grandchildren in quiet retirement,'' Rubino said.
Noriega has received two 20-year sentences in Panama for the killings of dissident leader Hugo Spadafora, but Rubino said Noriega will fight the charges.
''When he goes back to Panama, that case will be able to be reopened. Then he'll be able to adequately defend himself on that case,'' Rubino said.
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