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Noriega suffers mild stroke, hospitalized in Miami


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Manuel Noriega in 1986
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Former Panamanian leader Manuel Antonio Noriega suffered a mild stroke three days ago, according to Frank Rubino, his attorney in Miami, Florida.

Rubino said Noriega was taken to an undisclosed Miami hospital after what was called a very minor stroke.

He's in stable condition and feels tired and weak.

No neurological damage has been detected and Noriega may be returning to his Miami-area federal prison cell, the lawyer said.

Noriega was initially a strong ally of the United States.

By the late 1980s, the tide had turned and U.S. law enforcement officials and policymakers found his leadership increasingly unacceptable.

He was overthrown and captured by a U.S. invading force in 1989. He was taken to the United States, tried for drug trafficking, and imprisoned in 1992.


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