Noriega To Be Held In French Custody Until Trial

Former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega is to be held in French custody until his trial, a judge has ruled.The 76-year old was extradited from the US early on Tuesday and faces 10 years in jail for money laundering.His lawyers had argued that French courts could not try him because he is immune from prosecution as a former head of state.He was convicted on similar charges in France in his absence in 1999 but will face a new trial.Noriega, who ruled Panama between 1981 and 1989, has spent more than 20 years in prison in the US on drugs charges.He was flown from Miami to Paris after US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton signed a "surrender warrant" on Monday.