Australian Faces Extradition to U.S. on Corruption Charges

An Indian court cleared the way for Neil P. Campbell, an Australian accused of soliciting a $190,000 bribe as an agent of an organization receiving federal funds from the U.S. over a building contract in Afghanistan, to be voluntarily extradited to the United States to face the charges.

Campbell has said that he does not plan to fight to extradition process.

The Indian court ruled there is enough evidence to try Campbell in the U.S. on the corruption charges.

Campbell, 60, has been in New Delhi’s notorious Tihar Prison since his arrest at an Indian airport on October 13, 2010, after an undercover sting operation by U.S. authorities. A construction manager for the International Organization for Migration in Kabul, he faces a maximum of 10 years’ incarceration in the U.S. and a $250,000 fine over the alleged soliciting of a bribe in a contract to build schools and hospitals.

The U.S. indictment alleges that between May 25 and August 5 of this year, Campbell solicited a bribe from an undercover agent of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Campbell was a member of the IOM panel that selected Afghan subcontractors.

Allegedly, Campbell met with an undercover agent on July 7 in Kabul. According to the indictment issued by the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, Campbell solicited the bribe during this meeting.

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, IOM has received more than $260 million from USAID since 2002.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

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