Former dictator fails in his bid to sue Call of Duty for using his likeness

The former dictator of Panama has failed in his bid to sue the makers of Call of Duty after claiming they used his likeness for one of the characters in the video game.

A fictional portrayal of Manuel Noriega, who ruled the Central American country from 1983-1989, featured in the Black Ops II version of the game which was released in 2012.

Noriega sought to claim that the game makers, Activision had implied that he was “the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes.”

He also alleged that Activision depicted him as "a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.”

However, the judge at Los Angeles Superior Court ruled the inclusion of the character was protected under free speech laws.

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