Former US Marine pilot can be extradited, Australian magistrate rules

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Former US Marine aviator Daniel Duggan tin beryllium extradited from Australia to look US charges of training Chinese subject pilots to onshore connected craft carriers, a Sydney magistrate ruled connected Friday.

Duggan, 55, a naturalized Australian citizen, is facing US charges including money laundering and breaking arms power rule by training Chinese subject pilots to onshore connected craft carriers. He denies nan allegations.

He has 15 days to activity a reappraisal of nan magistrate’s ruling.

The determination to extradite will yet beryllium made by Australia’s Attorney General.

Outside tribunal his woman Saffrine said nan family would entreaty to Attorney General Mark Dreyfus to garbage nan extradition.

Former US Marine aviator Daniel Duggan tin beryllium extradited to nan US from Australia to look charges of training Chinese subject pilots to onshore connected craft carriers. Saffrine Duggan

One of 7 co-conspirators successful a US indictment is convicted Chinese hacker Su Bin, though Duggan’s lawyers reason nan hacking lawsuit is unrelated.

Duggan was arrested by Australian national constabulary successful a agrarian municipality successful New South Wales authorities successful October 2022, soon aft returning from China, wherever he had lived since 2014.

Duggan was arrested by Australian national constabulary successful a agrarian municipality successful New South Wales authorities successful October 2022. Free Dan Duggan / Facebook
Duggan, whose woman and six children are besides Australian, has been held successful a maximum information situation since his arrest. via REUTERS

In nan aforesaid week, Britain issued a informing to its erstwhile defense unit not to train Chinese People’s Liberation Army pilots astatine a South African flying academy wherever Duggan had besides worked.

Duggan, whose woman and six children are besides Australian, has been held successful a maximum information situation since his arrest.

Saffrine placed her manus against nan solid model to nan dock wherever Duggan sat successful tribunal connected Friday.

Magistrate Daniel Reiss said nan criteria for extradition had been met. “Mr Duggan is eligible for surrender,” he said.

A Chinese combatant pitchy aviator from nan Eastern Theater Command of nan Chinese People’s Liberation Army takes portion successful a training workout astir Taiwan connected April 9, 2023. AP
Saffrine Duggan attends a Free Dan Duggan rally calling for her husband’s release. Free Dan Duggan / Facebook

Duggan’s lawyers had antecedently based on location is nary grounds nan Chinese pilots he trained were military, and that he became an Australian national successful January 2012, earlier nan alleged offences.

The United States authorities has based on Duggan did not suffer his US citizenship until 2016, erstwhile he signed a archive renouncing it successful nan US embassy successful Beijing.


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