PANAMA CITY.- On Thursday, a Panamanian judge decided to extend indefinitely the house arrest granted to former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, who has been in intensive care for two months after brain surgery.
On January 28, Chiriquí province enforcement judge Katherine Pitti granted him the benefit of a temporary house arrest to prepare for the operation for three cases for which he has served more than 60 years of prison in Panama.
On May 9, Pitti determined to maintain the house arrest for a year for the case of the disappearance and murder of opposition physician Hugo Spadafora in 1985, and this Thursday Judge Roberto Sánchez extended the indefinite precautionary measure in the other two cases, Albrook massacre and the death of the military opponent Moses Giroldi, in 1989.
On March 7, Noriega, 83, was removed a benign tumor in the brain and after suffering a hemorrhage in a few hours, had to undergo a second operation.
Since then, he has been admitted to the intensive care unit of the Santo Tomás Hospital, the largest hospital in the country, and little information is spread concerning his health condition, since his family and defense remain greatly secretive with the media.