NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 05, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Indictments against Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega reported announced in Miami, Florida. Report introduced.
(Miami, Florida: Brian Ross) United States ambassador to Panama Arthur Davis shown leaving embassy to notify Noriega of indictments in Panama City, Panama. Noriega spokesperson quoted. United States prosecutors quoted. United States officials reported resisting indictments due to Noriega's useful Latin American ties. Portions of indictment ordered deleted by Reagan administration officials because it named army as criminal enterprise. United States attorney general Edwin Meese noted not announcing indictment. Case reported presented first to White House, State Department and CIA. [US attorney Leon KELLNER - says case politically sensitive.] Indictment illustration Cuba's Fidel Castro mentioned in indictment. [Witness Jose BLANDON - comments on dispute which Castro had to mediate.] Anti-riot troops reported sent into Panama City. Opposition leaders quoted.
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