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Ex-dictator Noriega goes to war with Call Of Duty

Published on Jul 17, 2014 6:55 AM
File picture taken on 2011 shows former Panamenian dictator Manuel Noriega gesturing upon arrival at the Renacer prison, 25 km south east of Panama City on Dec 11, 2011. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Fallen Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has declared war in civil court over his unsanctioned role as a bad guy in hit military-themed shooter video game Call Of Duty. A lawsuit surfaced by Courthouse News showed that 80-year-old Noriega, who is in jail in Panama, wants a Los Angeles court to make Activision pay for exploiting his likeness in a Black Ops II installment of the blockbuster franchise released in 2012.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 rocketed to the billion-dollar mark just weeks after its release, according to publisher Activision Blizzard.

The sequel to an earlier Cold War-set episode in the franchise whisks players to a fictional 2025, in which a Nicaraguan militant is plotting to undermine US security.

The game featured a character based on Noriega, who complained in the lawsuit that he never gave permission for his likeness to be used.

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