Panama A Colonel Takes On the General

Charges detonate an explosion

Prosperous and calm, Panama has long been an anchor of stability in turbulent Central America. But despite the placid facade, resentment has been building against a corrupt and authoritarian government. Last week that anger burst to the surface in some of the worst violence to hit Panama in a decade. The unrest was prompted by a serious allegation, that General Manuel Antonio Noriega, 48, commander of the Panama Defense Forces and the country's most powerful figure, helped arrange the 1981 air-crash death of his predecessor, General Omar Torrijos Herrera.

The charge came from Colonel Roberto Diaz Herrera, 49, a cousin of...

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