On Friday (12.16.2022), the United States demanded that Australia extradite a former marine, who is being held in the ocean country, at the request of the North American country, which it accuses of training Chinese soldiers, judicial sources said.
The court confirmed that the case was taken up today in a summary hearing in a criminal court in Sydney, where the accused, Daniel Edmund Duggan, was represented by video link from prison.
The source said Duggan, who renounced his US citizenship in 2017 and currently holds Australian citizenship, has not applied for parole.
At that hearing, attorney Trent Glover, who represents the US, indicated that a formal request had been made for the extradition of Duggan, who was a US Marine Corps pilot for more than a decade before moving to Australia, according to the Sydney report. Morning Herald.
Australian authorities arrested the former soldier on October 21 in Orange, 200 km west of Sydney, at the request of the United States on charges of conspiracy to breach the Defense Services Export Act and the Arms Export Control Act.
Duggan denies the charges
Washington accuses Dogan of providing military training between 2010 and 2012 – while a US citizen – to Chinese People’s Liberation Army pilots through a pilot school in South Africa, according to documents dating back to 2017 and made public last week.
For his part, Duggan’s lawyer, Dennis Miralles, announced today, after leaving court, that his client “refuses” the charges against him, and that the crime the United States accuses him of does not exist in Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
The arrest of Dugan, 54, came after the British public broadcaster BBC denounced in mid-October Beijing’s attempt to attract former British pilots to train military personnel of the People’s Liberation Army in exchange for “economic packages”.
For its part, The Australian newspaper later reported that “some Australians” were part of a group of about 30 pilots, mostly British at first, recruited by the Chinese army through a flight school in South Africa.
As a result of the press complaint, in November the Australian government announced a review of its defense policies, though it avoided specifying whether any citizens were taking part in these training sessions.
mg (efe, reuters)
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