Here is a look at the life of Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama.
Personal: Birth date: February 11, 1934
Birth place: Panama City, Panama
Birth name: Manuel Antonio Noriega Morena
Father: Ricaurte Noriega , accountant
Mother: Maria Feliz Morena
Marriage: Felicidad Sierio (late 1960s-present)
Children: Sandra, Thays (daughter) and Lorena
Education: Military School of Chorrillos, Peru, Engineering, 1962
Other Facts: Was on the CIA's payroll for intelligence work.
Abandoned by his parents at five, he was raised by his aunt, Mama Luisa.
While in U.S. custody, Noriega was afflicted with prostate cancer and suffered a stroke.
The first foreign head of state to be convicted in a U.S. court.
Timeline: 1968 - Lieutenant of the Panama National Guard.
1970-1983 - Promoted to lieutenant colonel and chief of military intelligence.
1971 - At the request of the U.S., travels to Cuba to help secure the release of the crews of two American freighters seized by Cuba.
1983-1989 - Takes command of the Panamanian Army.
1983-1990 - Military dictator of Panama.
August 1983 - Is promoted to general and commander of the National Guard.
June 12, 1986 - An expose of Noriega by Seymour Hersh appears in the New York Times, accusing him of murder, money laundering and drug trafficking.
February 4, 1989 - The U.S. indicts Noriega on charges of racketeering, laundering drug money and drug smuggling.
December 20, 1989 - The U.S. invades Panama and launches "Operation Just Cause" to oust Noriega.
January 3, 1990 - Surrenders after 10 days spent in the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Panama City.
April 9, 1992 - Is convicted on eight counts of drug smuggling and racketeering.
July 10, 1992 - Is sentenced to 40 years in prison.