Panama Noriega

A lawyer for Panama's jailed former strongman Manuel Noriega talks to the press outside the Santo Tomas public hospital in Panama City Panama City, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega suffered a hemorrhage after surgery to remove a benign brain tumor and was in critical condition, his daughters reported. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was in critical condition and sedated in a hospital’s intensive care unit Wednesday after undergoing two brain surgeries.

Noriega, 83, underwent the first procedure Tuesday morning to remove a benign tumor from his brain. But after that surgery, doctors discovered a hemorrhage that forced them to go back in that afternoon. 

The tumor was detected in the months after Noriega returned to Panama in December 2011 and was imprisoned for corruption and the killings of political opponents during his reign in the 1980s.

 

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