Panama’s Manuel Noriega to have surgery on brain tumor

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Imprisoned former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is scheduled to have a benign brain tumor surgically removed.

Noriega’s doctor is Eduardo Reyes and he says a neurologist has scheduled the surgery for Thursday.

Reyes said Saturday that representatives of the 82-year-old Noriega are requesting he be allowed to prepare for surgery at home to avoid infection. The tumor has caused severe headaches.

In May, Reyes and Noriega’s daughter Thays said the tumor had grown significantly and would require surgery. The daughter said then that he had experienced crises that could be attributable to the tumor.

Noriega ruled Panama from 1983 until a U.S. invasion removed him from power in 1989. He has been imprisoned in Panama since he returned from serving sentences in France and the U.S. in 2011.