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    Lawyer for Marine Vet Accused of Training Chinese Pilots Says Extradition ‘Political’

    Lawyer for Marine Vet Accused of Training Chinese Pilots Says Extradition ‘Political’

    Sydney — The U.S has accused a former pilot of illegally training Chinese military pilots, and is trying to extradite him from .

    But the pilot's lawyer says his client has been unfairly singled out because of the current geopolitical struggle between the U.S. and .

    Pilot Daniel Duggan, 54, has been held in an Australian jail since his October arrest. Duggan's lawyer Dennis Miralis said outside a Sydney courtroom Tuesday that Duggan denies the allegations and will continue to fight the extradition process at every step.

    Australia's Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus last month approved the U.S. extradition request. But before the extradition can proceed, a judge must first determine whether Duggan is eligible for extradition under Australian law.

    Miralis said the U.S. Department of Defense had acknowledged there were other people helping foreign militaries but that the U.S. and Australia had singled out Duggan for extradition.

    “We are concerned that this does highlight the political nature of what's occurring here,” Miralis told reporters.

    A 2016 indictment from the U.S. District Court in , D.C., was recently unsealed. In it, prosecutors say Duggan was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a naval aviator. They say Duggan conspired with others to provide training to Chinese military pilots in 2010 and 2012, and possibly at other times, without applying for an appropriate…

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