MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Panama's former military dictator Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega has died aged 83 following a recent brain operation, Manuel Dominguez, the spokesman of Panama's government, announced on Tuesday.
"Mr. Noriega died tonight," the press secretary was quoted as saying by el Periodico.
Noriega became the de facto leader of Panama in 1983, but was removed from this position after the US invasion of 1989. He was accused of drug-trafficking, money-laundering and racketeering by the US authorities and was taken into custody in 1990.
Earlier this year, Noriega was released from jail to prepare for a brain surgery. He had been hospitalized since March.