- Miami Diario
Next January 23 will be the day of the hearing in which President Ricardo Martinelli will file the writ of amparo after the extradition order to Panama for crimes related to illegal wiretapping and misappropriation of funds.
The judge of the The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Marcia G. Cooke, fixed a new date for this hearing for the third time, which was originally scheduled for January 9 and then for January 16.
The defense of Martinelli, who has been in custody since June 2017, appealed after US Judge Edwin Torres determined last August that Martinelli’s extradition was possible.
Panama asked the United States for Martinelli’s extradition so he could answer in his country for a case of illegal wiretapping during his government (2009-2014) of which 150 people were victims, including journalists, businessmen and politicians.
Hearing before the CSJ
The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) would have set the hearing for January 22. In this hearing Sidney Sitton, Martinelli’s lawyer, will request a reconsideration of the elimination of statute of limitations after the investigation of the case of the 355 pardons granted by the former president a few days after leaving office.
This hearing is scheduled to take place in the hearing room of the Second Superior Court of Justice.