|Martinelli attorneys: Leonardo Paul, Rogelio Cruz, and Sydney Sittón|
It appears now that the backup strategy is to petition the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, on their client's behalf, alleging that the rush to extradite him is a violation of his basic human rights, asserting that neither due process, nor the rule of law, has been followed in the Martinelli cases. The lawyers in the forefront of Martinelli's defense are Sidney Sittón, Rogelio Cruz, and Leonardo Paul.
While even the most despised criminal defendant is entitled to the best attorney that he can secure, the repeated use of purely procedural, and extremely dilatory, tactics, does not endear these three prominent lawyers to the Panamanian public. Some of Martinelli's dirt will surely rub off on these esteemed lawyers, whose role in hindering prosecution of perhaps the most corrupt president Panama has even had (yes, he eclipses Noriega) will not be easily forgotten, for justice delayed indefinitely is justice denied.