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Jayant Patel walks out of jail

world Updated: Jul 22, 2008 18:05 IST

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Controversial India-born surgeon Jayant Patel, who returned to Australia from the US to face manslaughter and other charges in the death of over a dozen patients, was on Tuesday freed from a Brisbane detention facility on bail.

Patel, also dubbed as Dr Death, was freed from Brisbane watchhouse on Tuesday after posting a bond of 20,000 Australian dollars ($19,500), the sources said.

The 58-year-old doctor was moved to an undisclosed location, a day after he was extradited from the US, they said.

Patel is facing 13 charges, including manslaughter for the death of three of his patients while serving as director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital in Queensland from 2003 to 2005.

On Monday, he arrived from US in a Qantas Airways flight, escorted by Australian police officers and was taken to a police watch-house before being produced in the court.

Magistrate Brian Hine granted him bail on a surety of 20,000 Australian dollars. He has been asked to surrender his passport, report to police three times a week, not to approach any international departure points, live at a place approved by the Public Prosecutions Director and reside in Queensland.

Patel was directed to again appear before the court on September 1.

The doctor was in "good spirits" after he was granted the conditional bail. He, however, had to spent the night in jail despite the court order Monday evening.

"He is in good spirits and is happy with the result," his lawyer Arun Raniga said.