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Former US marine pilot, Daniel Edmund Duggan, is currently embroiled in a legal battle to prevent his extradition to the United States. The 55-year-old pilot has been accused of illegally training Chinese pilots and violating money laundering and arms export control laws. Duggan has been in custody since October 2022, following a request for his extradition on charges related to conspiracy, arms trafficking, and money laundering.

Facing significant financial challenges due to his assets being frozen by US authorities, Duggan has been striving to fund his legal defense. Despite his efforts, he has been denied an extension to adequately prepare for the crucial extradition hearing. Duggan’s defense team argues that as an Australian citizen who renounced his US citizenship in 2012, he should not be subject to prosecution by the US government.

In the midst of fundraising endeavors through platforms like GoFundMe and receiving donations from churches, Duggan’s legal team continues to face obstacles in their defense strategy. The court has scheduled an eligibility hearing for May, where Duggan’s defense will persist in advocating against his extradition to the US. The case highlights the complexities of international legal matters and the challenges faced by individuals entangled in such proceedings.


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Article Title: Top Gun pilot Daniel Duggan to face extradition hearing in May
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