Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who is in prison awaiting the US response to a request for extradition to Panama, is "strong" and "very optimistic" about the result of the appeal for protection filed in a court in Miami, his spokesman, Luis Eduardo Camacho, told Efe today.
According to court documents accessed by Efe on Tuesday, the hearing in which Martinelli's lawyers will submit the arguments of the appeal for protection was postponed from January 9 to 16.
So far the postponement, which had been reported by some Panamanian media, had not been officially confirmed.
Camacho said that the new date was set by Judge Marcia G. Cooke of the Federal Court of the Southern District of Florida, after the Prosecutor's Office requested a postponement without the opposition of the defense.
Concerning the questions about how were Christmas and New Year's holidays for the former president, his spokesman said that although he is "strong", and is visited by relatives and other authorized persons, being in prison at this time "must have affected him".
However, Camacho said, he is "very optimistic" about the outcome of the appeal filed with Judge Cooke.
The defense appealed before Cooke after US Judge Edwin Torres decided on August 31st that Martinelli's extradition could be admissible to answer for a case of illegal wiretapping during his government, which affected 150 people, including journalists, businesspeople and politicians.