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Australia approves extradition of ex-US Marine – media – RT World News


Canberra on Wednesday approved a US request for the extradition of former US Marine pilot Daniel Duggan, according to Australian broadcaster ABC. Duggan is charged with illegally offering “military trainingto Chinese pilots, among other accusations.

The veteran fighter pilot is said to have “provided military training to the PRC [People’s Republic of China] pilotsthrough a South African flight school three times in 2010 and 2012 while still a US citizen, according to a 2017 indictment unsealed in the US earlier this month. He has since renounced his citizenship and become an Australian citizen.

Duggan is also accused of teaching Chinese pilots how to land on aircraft carriers, evaluating Chinese military pilot trainees and providing aviation services in China, all without the required authorization from the US State Department. . He is expected to be charged with conspiracy to export defense services to China, conspiracy to launder money and violations of the arms export control law if the extradition is successful.

The former Marine, who spent ten years in the service and rose to the rank of major, has denied any wrongdoing and plans to fight extradition. His lawyer, Denis Miralis, argued that it would be a “miscarriage of justicefor the pilot to stand trial in the United States, as there is no equivalent to the charges he faces in Australian law.

Australia doesn’t have an arms embargo on China, Australia hasn’t sanctioned China, so extradition should fail on grounds it doesn’t meet dual criminality requirements“, Miralis told the BBC.

Duggan’s family argued that the charges are “politically motivatedand insisted he was simply doing the work that other foreign pilots had done in China for decades with full knowledge of their governments. His case will be heard in court next month.

The same week Duggan was arrested at his home in New South Wales in October, the British government issued a public statement warning retired military pilots to avoid Chinese recruiters after learning that 30 British pilots had signed at more than double their usual salary to train People’s Liberation Army trainees.

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