Spanish version

JUDICIAL AFFAIRS

Martinelli's lawyer fails to show for hearing

Temas:

Judge José Ayú Prado at hearing today. Judge José Ayú Prado at hearing today.
Judge José Ayú Prado at hearing today. LA PRENSA/Isaac Ortega

The hearing of charges against ex-President Ricardo Martinelli, currently detained in Miami, could not be held Wednesday because his lawyers did not appear.

Judge José Ayú Prado rescheduled the hearing for next Wednesday and warned that if Martinelli's lawyers do not appear, he will appoint a public defender. 

The hearing is part of the case involving 355 pardons granted by Martinelli in June 2014, shortly before completing his term. Martinelli is being investigated for the alleged commission of crimes against public administration. 

In a note dated yesterday, Martinelli lawyer Sidney Sittón said that he could not attend the hearing because he had to travel to Miami, where his client has been imprisoned for two days. Martinelli was taken into custody on an extradition request by Panama on another case involving illegal surveillance. 

Sittón has only been on the case for two days, according to a note sent by Mario Martinelli, the former president's brother, to the Supreme Court. 

On May 10, at a hearing requested by prosecutor Abel Zamorano, the former president was represented by another lawyer. Sittón appeared only as "spokesperson." 

On that day, Zamorano asked Ayú Prado to declare Martinelli "in default" since he did not appear even though he was duly notified. Ayú Prado denied the request and chose to declare a "recess" until today to give Martinelli a chance to appear personally and hear the charges against him.

Martinelli is currently in a federal detention center waiting to be extradited to Panama. His lawyers are seeking bail, an issue which will be decided at a hearing Tuesday.

Comentarios

Cerrar

La función de comentar está disponible solo para usuarios suscriptores. Lo invitamos a suscribirse y obtener todos los beneficios del Club La Prensa o, si ya es suscriptor, a ingresar.

Suscríbase gratis por 30 días Prueba
Adquiera un plan de suscripción Suscríbase
Cerrar

Por favor introduzca el apodo o nickname que desea que aparezca en sus comentarios:

Comentar 0 comentarios

Los comentarios son responsabilidad de cada autor que expresa libremente su opinión y no de Corporación La Prensa, S.A.

Si te lo perdiste

Última hora

Pon este widget en tu web

Configura tu widget

Copia el código

Lo último en La Prensa

TERRITORIO Estatuto del Golán 'no ha cambiado' para la ONU tras decisión de Estados Unidos

Donald Trump (izq.) y Benjamín Nethanyahu. Donald Trump (izq.) y Benjamín Nethanyahu.
Donald Trump (izq.) y Benjamín Nethanyahu. AP

El estatus legal del Golán permanece incambiado para las Naciones Unidas tras la decisión del presidente de Estados Unidos, ...

PINCHAZOS Por hoy termina el juicio oral a Martinelli; admiten 14 pruebas documentales

Martinelli, a su llegada este lunes a las oficinas del SPA en Plaza Ágora. Martinelli, a su llegada este lunes a las oficinas del SPA en Plaza Ágora.
Martinelli, a su llegada este lunes a las oficinas del SPA en Plaza Ágora. Luis García

El Tribunal de Juicio Oral admitió 14 pruebas documentales presentadas por la Fiscalía contra el crimen organizado. La ...

Golf 144 jugadores se darán cita en el Buenaventura Classic

Conferencia de prensa. Conferencia de prensa.
Conferencia de prensa. Cortesía

Los detalles del torneo Buenaventura Classic 2019, que arranca este miércoles fueron anunciados en conferencia de prensa, este ...