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Murderous Dictator Fails In Bid To Sue Call Of Duty For Damages

29/10/2014 10:28 GMT | Updated 29/10/2014 16:59 GMT

A judge at Los Angeles Superior Court has dismissed a case brought forward by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega after he tried to sue Activision for using his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Now if you're the ex-dictator of Panama -- indeed anywhere -- and Call of Duty ends up using your likeness, the odds are that even if you're upset about it, you pretty much lost the right to even say the word 'soap box', let alone stand on one.

Despite this, Manuel Noriega ex-military ruler of Panama felt that he had a case to sue Activision for damages after the game featured a central villain that drew on Noriega's likeness and the time period during which he was active.

Incredibly the case actually made it to court, despite the fact that Noriega is currently in jail serving prison time for the atrocities he committed.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliiani -- who was defending for Activision -- gave a statement on the ruling saying:

"This was an absurd lawsuit from the very beginning and we're gratified that in the end, a notorious criminal didn't win,"

"This is not just a win for the makers of Call of Duty, but is a victory for works of art across the entertainment and publishing industries throughout the world."

The Call of Duty series often features characters throughout history, using them to add a sense of reality to the otherwise entirely fictional storylines.