A federal judge Wednesday granted an emergency motion to delay Manuel Noriega’s extradition to France after his lawyers accused the U.S. government of planning to sneak the deposed Panamanian dictator out of the country in the middle of the night.

Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler of the Southern District of Florida also ordered both defense and government lawyers to produce evidence on whether France intends to abide by the prisoner of war provisions of the Geneva Convention as they relate to Noriega.

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