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Neil Campbell faces Indian court

Neil Campbell.
Neil Campbell.

SUNSHINE Coast construction manager Neil Campbell was due to appear in a New Delhi court again last night as his incarceration in India entered its 27th day.

Mr Campbell has been charged by the US Justice Department with having solicited a $US190,000 bribe to allow a sub-contractor to keep working on a USAID-funded project in Afghanistan.

After his arrest at Delhi Airport on October 13 Mr Campbell offered to go voluntarily to the United States to face the charges.

Instead he has been kept in Delhi's Tihar prison, one of the most overcrowded in Asia, while the United States pursues a formal extradition through the courts.

The Australian High Commission has informed the US Embassy of Mr Campbell's willingness to go to the US and the judges determining the matter have also been informed.

The matter was adjourned for a week at his last appearance in court on November 1 by a judge who said he had yet to receive a formal extradition request from the United States.

US officials in the court produced a copy of the document that was still making its way through the Indian justice system and the copy was authenticated by an Indian government under secretary.

However, the judge ruled he needed to see the original.

He also requested that Mr Campbell table a letter saying that he would not fight extradition and had not been coerced into that position.


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