A U.S. judge Monday approved the extradition of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to face money laundering charges in France. In Miami, VOA's Brian Wagner reports that Noriega's lawyers have vowed to challenge the ruling and press for Noriega to be returned home to Panama when he is released from a U.S. prison next month.
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?