Manuel Noriega, Guantanamo and the question of jurisdiction

Discussion in 'Multinational HQ' started by Devil_Dog, Aug 29, 2007.

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    Being as I am a legal dove, I'm just wondering if ANY country has the right to hold a foreign head of state and try them not under international law but under their own laws. If the trial of Saddam Hussein is anything to go by, why wasn't Noriega handed back to the Panamanians to begin with?

    And why wasn't Hussein tried in a US court after being held incognito in Gitmo or whatever city that hates him the most? Is this double standards or politics as usual?
  2. As far as I recall Pineapple Face was charge with offences connected with the supply of drugs in the US, an offence against US law, not with offences against laws of Panama.
  3. I believe plenty of Panamanians want him for warcrimes. Everybody can have a piece of him as far as I'm concerned, he's a piece of dirt.

    (before anyone says it, I'm aware of the prior US support he received. I'm not excusing that)