From ............ Associated Press

October 5, 1994

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Manuel Noriega, serving a drug sentence in the United States, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Panamanian court for the murder of a man who tried to overthrow the military ruler.

One of Noriega's former lieutenants also was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years for his part in the 1989 killing of Maj. Moises Giroldi. Three others were acquitted.

Noriega and another man were sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for the 1985 decapitation of Dr. Hugo Spadafora, a Noriega opponent.

In the 1989 case, the court decided Noriega was the "intellectual author" of Giroldi's killing while Maj. Heraclide Sucre fired the fatal shot.

Sucre fled to Peru after the Dec. 20, 1989, invasion by U.S. troops who overthrew and captured Noriega.


In light of the principle of "intellectual author," consider the Papacy & abortion clinic bombings.