The United States Supreme Court has denied the Emergency Petition for Habeus Corpus, filed by attorneys for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who is seeking to be released on bond, while his extradition to face criminal charges in Panama is pending. The Court, speaking through Justice Clarence Thomas, denied his petition, without opinion .
Tomorrow, August 3rd, Martinelli's previously rescheduled hearing will be heard, in US District Court in Miami, which is handling the Republic of Panama extradition request. Martinelli's attorneys must have feared that the Court will extradite their client, as their US Supreme Court filing smacked of a desperate act, with little chance of success. The massive criminal cases pending against Martinelli in Panama, including his illegal surveillance of 100 of the country's powerful leaders and businessmen, which are supported by clear and convincing evidence, and witness testimony, should result in what amounts to a life sentence for the former president. Some sources claim he wants to bond out, in order to flee the United States, and cheat justice, by flying to a country where corruption will guarantee his permanent residency.