The US Magistrate Judge in Miami assigned to the Ricardo Martinelli extradition case heard additional testimony today. The Court indicated that it would hold an additional hearing on August 22nd, and then render its final decision. The US Supreme Court denied his emergency petition for Habeus Corpus, which sought his release on bail, earlier this week.
The former Panamanian president, who has been in custody since he was detained in June, has contested the Panamanian Government's extradition efforts, asserting that there is no factual basis for the charges filed against him in Panama, and that there are a number of procedural ans substantive defenses which the court must examine, before handing down a ruling. They also include immunity, and an allegation, made by counsel, that the extradition documents are defective, and fatally flawed.