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Jailed Noriega Collecting Pension

Thu., Nov. 7, 1996

He may have been deposed. And he may be serving a 40-year sentence in a foreign prison for drug trafficking. But that isn’t stopping Panamanian Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega from drawing his $1,500 monthly pension.

During a news conference Wednesday, Marianela Morales, the director of social security payments, confirmed that the pension is being paid to Noriega, though it was unclear whether he or a family member is actually receiving the checks. Noriega is serving his sentence in a Miami prison.

Morales said there is no provision in Panamanian law to halt payments to Noriega.

“Retirement in Panama does not differentiate between whether you behaved well or poorly,” she said.

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