Judge William Hoeveler said, however, that he wished to consider further Noriega's claim that he is entitled to prisoner-of-war treatment because he was captured after the US military invasion of Panama in December 1989. He will announce his decision in 60 days.
Noriega was convicted in April, after a seven-month trial, on eight out of ten charges of allowing the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel to use Panama as a base for shipping drugs to the US and laundering drugs profits. The former dictator did not speak during the trial itself but he prolonged yesterday's sentencing hearing with a three-hour address, in which he invoked God, Christopher Columbus and Socrates.
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