Ricardo Martinelli, fighting an extradition warrant from his native Panama, where he faces charges of conducting an illegal surveillance program, and illicit enrichment, must remain in the Federal Detention center, as the Court determined that he was a flight risk. The former president's team of attorneys' efforts to have the matter dismissed were also unsuccessful.
Is there really a procedural defect in the extradition documents, and were the defects included intentionally, so that Martinelli's extradition will not occur ? Many Panamanians who are wise to the corrupt nature of certain senior members of the present government fear that the problems with the documents are not attorney posturing, but actual flaws, rendering them ineffective to achieve extradition. Was this the work of the Varela government, who have much to lose, if Martinelli chooses to expose their mutual dark past.
The hearing has been scheduled for July 25th. An extradition that was previously thought to be a foregone conclusion is now in doubt; Stay tuned.