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Panama's Manuel Noriega to have surgery on brain tumour

Last Updated Jul 16, 2016 at 1:20 pm PDT

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2011 file photo, Panama's ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is pushed in a wheelchair by a police officer inside El Renacer prison on the outskirts of Panama City. The former Panamanian strongman is scheduled to have a benign brain tumor surgically removed. Noriega's doctor, Eduardo Reyes, said Saturday, July 16, 2016, the 82-year-old Noriega's representatives are requesting that he be allowed to prepare for the surgery at home to avoid infection. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

PANAMA CITY – Imprisoned former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega is scheduled to have a benign brain tumour 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 tumour has caused severe headaches.

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

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