Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, appeared today for the first hearing before the immigration judge, Adam Opaciuch in Miami, Florida after being arrested on November 20 due to immigration issues and revocation of their visas in the country. The judge set a 2 million dollars bail for both brothers, one million dollars each. If the pay the amount, the case will go to regular court and a new date will be set.
The hearing today was behind closed doors at the Krome Immigration Detention Center in Miami-Dade county, details of the audience are not known, only the lawyers and persons authorized by them were able to access, at the end they told EFE that they has set a new hearing for next December 27.
The two sons of the former Panamanian president were arrested in the Coral Gables area of Florida on November 21, we have not confirmed if there is a bail in place or they have to remain in the detention center until the next hearing.
According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) both entered the country legally, but the Government canceled their visas in 2017 and since then their legal status in the United States was revoked.
Last May, the Foreign Ministry of Panama formally requested the United States to extradite Martinelli's two sons by linking them with alleged bribes from the Brazilian construction company, Odebrecht. Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares have denied with public communications any illegal conections or payments with the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, and have urged the authorities to carry out the relevant investigations to clarify this case. Ex president Ricardo Martinelli is in jail waiting to be judged claims that this is a political persecution against him and his family carried on by the president Juan Carlos Varela, trying to link them with corruption and false accusations, due to revenge.
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