Lawyer: Former US pilot might have been lured to Australia Lalrp



SYDNEY — A former United States navy pilot accused of coaching Chinese language aviators might have been lured from China to Australia as a part of a U.S. plan to extradite him to his homeland, his lawyer mentioned Monday.

In a 2016 indictment from the U.S. District Courtroom in Washington, D.C., unsealed late 2022, prosecutors say Daniel Duggan conspired with others to offer coaching to Chinese language navy pilots in 2010 and 2012, and probably at different occasions, with out making use of for an acceptable license.

Prosecutors say Duggan acquired about 9 funds totaling round 88,000 Australian {dollars} ($61,000) and worldwide journey from one other conspirator for what was generally described as “private improvement coaching.”

Boston-born Duggan, 54, has been in custody in Australia since October and appeared in a Sydney courtroom Monday by video link from a prison cell for a quick listening to a couple of U.S. utility to extradite him.

His lawyer, Dennis Miralis, instructed reporters exterior the courtroom that Duggan returned from China in 2022 to work in Australia after he acquired an Australian safety clearance for an aviation license. A number of days after his arrival, the clearance granted by the Australian Safety Intelligence Organisation, the nation’s predominant home spy company, was eliminated, Miralis mentioned.

“It’s putting to us {that a} sequence of occasions like that might happen,” Miralis mentioned. “We’re exploring at this stage whether or not he was lured again to Australia by the U.S., the place the U.S. knew he could be in a jurisdiction the place he could be able to being extradited again.”

Duggan served within the U.S. Marines for 12 years earlier than immigrating to Australia in 2002. In January 2012, he gained Australian citizenship, selecting to surrender his U.S. citizenship within the course of.

The indictment says Duggan traveled to the U.S., China and South Africa, and offered some coaching to Chinese language pilots in South Africa.

Duggan has denied the allegations, saying they had been political posturing by the USA, which unfairly singled him out.

His subsequent courtroom look is about for Might 1.