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FBI request leads to arrest in Orange of former military pilot: reports

October 25, 2022

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By Peter Holmes

A former US military pilot and flight instructor who had worked in China was arrested in Orange on Friday and faces extradition to the US, according to foreign media reports.

Reuters and the South China Morning Post are reporting Australian Federal Police arrested Daniel Edmund Duggan, 54, in Orange at the request of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The reports say police sources and Duggan's lawyer confirmed that Duggan appeared in Orange court, was denied bail and then transferred to Bathurst Jail.

Reuters reported: "Duggan is a former US citizen and the federal police were acting on a US request for his arrest ahead of likely formal extradition proceedings, said one of the police sources, who was not authorised to speak publicly.

"Duggan's next court appearance will be in Sydney in November to consider any bail application. Details of the US arrest warrant and the charges he faces are sealed."

The Orange News Examiner contacted the Australian Federal Police. A spokesperson said they were not authorised to comment and directed inquiries to the office of Attorney General Mark Dreyfus.

The law firm said to be representing Duggan has also been contacted for comment.

Reuters quoted a statement from the Attorney-General's department: "An individual was arrested on 21 October 2022 pursuant to a request from the United States of America for their provisional arrest. As the matter is before the courts, it would not be appropriate to comment further."

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