Ricardo Alberto and Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares the fugitive sons of Panama’s former president Ricardo Martinelli wanted to face multi-million dollar corruption charges in Panama have been granted bail of $1 million each by a U.S.immigration judge.
Adam Opaciuch, held a hearing on Tuesday, December 4, but did not take any final decision regarding the deportation or extradition of the two sons who are subjects of an Interpol red alert.
Opaciuch called a new hearing for December 27, at the Krome detention center, West Miami, which the two brothers entered on November 20, after being arrested by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE). From the US Department of Homeland Security, near the family mansion located on Sunrise Terrace, Coral Gables.
The area, known as Cocoplum, is one of the most opulent in the city reports La Prensa. The mansion was acquired by the ex-President for $8.2 million.
Journalists could not enter the hearing with Judge Opaciuch, as it was "closed" to the public, at the request of one of the parties.
The sons face two requests for extradition and red alerts from Interpol, within legal proceedings in Panama: Odebrecht and Blue Apple, both related to the payment of bribes to officials and friends of the last government.
A little confusing. They were granted bail of a million dollars but are still being held pending a decision on whether or not to extradite them? Then I guess they were not really granted bail. Or were they?