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Manuel Noriega, Former Dictator of Panama, in Coma After Brain Surgery

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Picture dated Aug. 31, 1989, of General Manuel Noriega, leader of the Panamanian Defence forces waving to reporters after meeting with the cabinet to choose a new president. (Photo credit should read Manoocher Deghati/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 11:07 AM

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is in a coma after suffering severe brain hemorrhaging following surgery.

The 83-year-old is in a medically induced coma after undergoing surgery to have a benign tumor removed from his brain, and he’s expected to be in the coma for at least five days, according to CNN.

Noriega underwent surgery at the Santo Tomas hospital in Panama City on Tuesday, and although doctors were able to stop the brain hemorrhage after the surgery, the former dictator remained in critical condition, United Press International noted.

"He is in intensive care following a second open cranial surgery in less than eight hours," Noriega’s lawyer Ezra Angel said, according to CNN. "The situation is delicate. He is in critical condition and we hope he recovers in the coming hours."

This comes after Panama’s 2nd Criminal Court of the Supreme Court put Noriega on house arrest in January.

The court authorized this for the purpose of the brain surgery, which was originally scheduled for February.

Before January, Noriega had been in prison, serving a 60-year sentence for corruption and killing opponents during his reign as dictator from 1983 to 1989, according to CBS News.

Noriega, who’s been in prison since 2011 for the 60-year sentence, had spent over two decades in French and U.S. prisons on drug charges and money laundering.

Noriega, who has remained silent for years, broke that silence in a 2015 interview.

In the interview, he opened up about some of the things that were done during his regime, and offered an apology for those actions.

"Before the altar of my conscience I’ve come to express myself in the spirit of forgiveness," he said, at the time, according to CBS News.

Prior to the interview, Noriega hadn’t spoken to the media since a 1996 interview with CNN’s Larry King from a federal prison in Miami.

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