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Australian ‘Top Gun’ pilot to be held in Supermax ahead of extradition hearing, lawyer says

A former US military pilot arrested in Australia shortly after returning from China will deny committing a crime and will file a complaint with the intelligence inspector general, his lawyer said.

Daniel Duggan, 54, an Australian citizen and father of six from Orange in western NSW, has been in custody since he was arrested on October 21 at the request of the United States. No formal request for his extradition has been made yet.

The arrest came shortly after Australian authorities said they were investigating the practice of former military personnel being offered lucrative contracts to train pilots in China.

Daniel Duggan previously operated Top Gun Australia, a scenic flight company.

Duggan’s attorney Dennis Miralis said Friday the exact allegations against his client remain unclear because he was secretly indicted by a US grand jury and the details will not be released until a formal extradition request is made.

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He said Duggan insists he has not broken the law in China, Australia or the United States.

“While there has been commentary on the nature of the allegations, Mr Duggan’s position is very clear: he denies that he has violated any US law, Australian law and international law,” Miralis said. “This is a position he will vigorously defend.”

The United States has 60 days to submit the formal extradition request. Duggan previously operated Top Gun Tasmania, a Hobart-based company that offers sightseeing flights in combat aircraft.

When the matter came up for discussion in Downing Center’s local court on Friday, Miralis told the court that he will ask the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to investigate his client’s case.

He indicated that Duggan may request bail pending the outcome of the request.


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