The case has drawn the attention of legal observers due to a number of unusual factors:
(1) The Martinelli sons both have pending asylum petitions, but were taken into custody. Why hasn't the US ruled on those petitions, one way or the other ?
(2) The sons have lived in Miami for more than a year since their US visas were cancelled,
without incident or arrest. Why now ?
(3) It is significant that their father's trial is next week.
(4) Ricardo and Luis Martinelli are accused of accepting $47m for their father, but where is the actual evidence that they received the bribe payments, as alleged by anti-corruption prosecutors in Panama ?
The next immigration hearing has been scheduled for December 27, 2018, also at the Krome Detention Center, the facility where the sons are being held.