Seeking desperately to avoid execution of the extradition order entered by the assigned US Magistrate Judge, Miami attorneys for the fugitive ex-president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, have filed a Habeus Corpus petition, challenging the order, in US District Court.* The defendants are US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Miami Federal Detention Center Acting Warden Robert Wilson.
Access to the contents of the petition has been restricted by the Clerk's Office, and we are thus unable to review it for our readers, to ascertain whether it contains any new issues not previously dealt with by the Magistrate. The Court has set dates by which time the defendants must file their responses. The Secretary of State, due to the existence of the order of extradition, may order Martinelli's immediate removal to the Republic of Panama, at any time, hence the filing of the within petition.
* Case No: 17-cv-23576 -MGC (SD FL).