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Noriega asks for house arrest

He has been jailed at El Renacer since December 2011.

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A request for house arrest was presented by lawyers for former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega before the Second Superior Criminal Court.

This was confirmed by Ezra Angel, a lawyer for Noriega, who said among the arguments in the request are his health problems and his age. The former dictator is 82. 

He explained that there are legal provisions which establish that people over 70 should be held under house arrest. Noriega suffers from a benign tumor in the brain that must be operated on. The lawyer said that the tumor has caused Noriega to fall several times in prison.

Susana Ortega, the daughter of Captain Ismael Ortega, who died during a coup attempt against Noriega on Oct. 3, 1989, has said that if the court decides to grant house arrest, she and her relatives will not oppose the decision.

However, she said that Noriega does not deserve this benefit, since at no time has he shown repentance for deaths and damages he caused.

"Noriega is responsible for many crimes, tortures and disappearances during the military dictatorship and he has never repented for any of that," she said.

Meanwhile, Maritza Maestre, who is on a committee of relatives of victims of the military dictatorship, said she disagree that Noriega should be granted house arrest because he has not cooperated with the recovery of the remains of victims.

She said Noriega has a lot of information of people who were killed and went missing during the dictatorship, and he should be forced to turn over that information.

Noriega was extradited from France in December 2011.

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