Extradition hearing of 'Dr Death' delayed
Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel, accused of manslaughter charges in Australia, has won his bid for deferring his extradition hearing in the US by three weeks.
Hearing date for the extradition of 58-year-old Patel, dubbed as 'Dr Death' in Australia, has been deferred to July 16 from June 26, an AAP report said.
Patel's American lawyer Marc Blackman had complained last week that Queensland police had failed to produce requested documents.
In view of the same, US District Court Judge Dennis Hubel granted the delay in Patel's extradition hearing.
However, there was no mention during yesterday's hearing - held via a teleconference - of Patel making a fresh bid for bail ahead of the July 16 extradition proceedings, the report said.
Patel, who hails from Jamnagar, Gujarat, was denied bail by the district court in April.
Australian authorities have charged Patel, who is in a US prison for over two months, with 16 offences, including manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and fraud charges. He faces three life sentences if convicted on those charges.