Daniel Duggan, an Australian citizen and former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, has been arrested in Australia for allegedly training Chinese military pilots on landing aircraft on aircraft carrier ships. This training was conducted in a South African aviation school and violates U.S. law. Duggan has been in custody in Australia since October, and his extradition case has been adjourned until May to allow his lawyers to seek documents from Australian government agencies for his defense. Dennis Miralis, Duggan’s lawyer, said that Duggan was “lured” back to Australia by Australia’s security agency, which had previously granted him “security clearance” regarding an aviation license in Australia. However, his clearance was later revoked, and an arrest warrant was issued while he was on the plane on his way to Australia. Duggan, who renounced his U.S. citizenship, rejects the allegations and claims that he is not a spy.
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