The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says Australia is urging the U.S. to fast-track extradition of an Australian accused of bribery in Afghanistan.
The United States has lodged an extradition request for 61-year-old Neil Campbell, who is facing U.S. federal charges for allegedly accepting payments from undercover agents in Afghanistan.
DFAT says the indictment alleges Campbell solicited a payment of $190,000 to award building project contracts to a subcontractor.
Campbell was arrested at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport earlier this month.
In court yesterday, the judge said the court had not received a copy of the U.S. extradition request and remanded Campbell in custody until the next hearing.
The approval process is expected to take several weeks.
The Queenslander asked for permission to access his bank account to support his son and daughter. Campbell says he is ready and willing to go to the United States to defend himself.
The case is scheduled to reappear in court on November 1.
DFAT says Campbell has not sought legal representation, but he and his family are receiving consular assistance.
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