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US ping-pong over detention of former Panama president

Monday, August 14, 2017


Miami’s attorney-general and the US Marshal’s Service   have asked Federal Judge Edwin Torres to deny the transfer of ex-president  Ricardo Martinelli to the Federal Corrections Institute, south of the City of Miami, as it is specifically designed for “convicted prisoners.”

Martinelli, who has been held since June 12 in the Federal Detention Center, adjacent to the Southern District of Florida Court, requested the change  because, according to his lawyers, he did not have the facilities to prepare his  defense for his extradition hearing, on Aug. 23

Source: Newsroom Panama