Wladimir Balentien's hearing took place on February 3. Team President and Acting Owner Tsuyoshi Kinugasa held a press conference at the team offices today. Nikkan Sports has posted portions of his interaction with the media.
Last night, at 9:00pm Japan time, a hearing took place in Florida. From the start, prosecutors had not made it clear to the judge how they wanted to proceed with Balentien. There was a request for an extension. The next hearing will take place on February 11 at 9:00am US time. The hearing yesterday ended in about ten minutes. As I said, the prosecutors had not decided on how to proceed, so there is nothing more to report. We were hoping the wife was not going to file charges, that the prosecution was not going to indict, and that his innocence would be confirmed, but it ended in an extension.
What happens next?
As we have been saying, if his innocence is confirmed, then nothing more will happen, but if he is indicted, this will go to trial and he will work with his lawyers and stand by his plea of not guilty.