Panama's former leader Manuel Noriega has returned to his home country to face punishment following extradition from France.

Noriega faces further sentencing after serving more than 20 years in U.S. and French prisons for drug trafficking and money laundering.

On Sunday morning the 77-year-old departed from Orly airport, south of Paris, and landed in Panama City in the evening.

He was convicted in absentia for the murders of two political opponents during his military dictatorship between 1983 and 1989.

A French court last month accepted Panama's request to send Noriega back to his home country to be jailed over his convictions for murder, corruption and embezzlement.

Noriega traveled with a doctor, Panama's attorney general and other officials. As the result of a stroke several years ago, Noriega suffers from high blood pressure and partial paralysis.