Sydney — A lawyer for a former U.S. military pilot accused of illegally training Chinese aviators told a Sydney court on Wednesday that an extradition hearing scheduled for next month should be postponed due to delays in government agencies handing over crucial material.
His lawyer, Dennis Miralis, told the Downing Center Local Court that the former U.S. Marine Corps flying instructor will apply to have the Nov. 23 extradition hearing delayed.
A magistrate will hear submissions on that postponement application on Oct. 23.
Outside court, Miralis told reporters that the delay was regrettable because Duggan has been psychologically impacted by being held in maximum-security prisons since his arrest.
“However, at the same time, it's absolutely essential that Dan's right to a fair hearing is preserved and nothing is done to prejudice that right,” Miralis said.
“Regrettably it's very slow. However, it's absolutely crucial for us to get that material,” Miralis added.
Duggan, 55, has requested documents from government agencies including the national domestic spy agency Australian Security Intelligence Organization, Australian Federal Police and the U.S. Justice Department regarding the allegations against him.
Miralis said the agencies have…