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Concerns over delays in Dr. Patel's extraditi -

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ELIZABETH JACKSON: There are claims and counter-claims surrounding the delays in the extradition
Dr. Jayant Patel from the United States.

The Indian-trained doctor is wanted in Queensland over the deaths of patients at the Bundaberg
Hospital.

This week a Senate hearing was told that authorities have re-drafted the necessary paperwork six
times. And now an expert in extradition law says the process has taken twice as long as it should
have.

But as Annie Guest reports from Brisbane, there's also concern Dr. Patel might be able to
successfully challenge the extradition.

ANNIE GUEST: Six drafts and 16 months later, the formal request to extradite Dr. Jayant Patel has
now been made.

Revelations about the delay prompted an outcry this week, including allegations of a conspiracy to
stop Dr. Patel returning.

VIJAY MEHTA: They've created this phoney image of Dr. Death. And if that image is shattered then
there are a lot of other people behind that image they're hiding.

ANNIE GUEST: That's Dr. Patel's friend, Dr. Vijay Mehta.

But for the Queensland Liberals' Mark McArdle, it's a case of incompetence by the Director of
Public Prosecutions.

MARK MCARDLE: This woman has failed to do her job properly and she simply has to go.

ANNIE GUEST: The DPP, Leanne Clare says it's complex, and she's backed by Queensland's
Attorney-General, Kerry Shine.

KERRY SHINE: There is nothing that has been brought to my attention which would in anyway diminish
my regard of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

ANNIE GUEST: But an expert in international law, Professor Don Rothwell from the Australian
National University says the extradition proceedings have taken twice as long as expected.

DON ROTHWELL: In normal circumstances, even allowing for some technical difficulties, somewhere
between six to nine months would have been more than appropriate

ANNIE GUEST: Professor Rothwell questions the expertise of Queensland Government officials involved
in the extradition.

DON ROTHWELL: It does call into question whether or not there have been appropriate resources
devoted to this matter.

ANNIE GUEST: The State Government says it has dedicated about a half a million dollars just to the
extradition proceedings. Are you concerned that that's not enough money, or that there is
inexperience on the team?

DON ROTHWELL: It's not extraordinary for Australia to make extradition requests to the United
States and so I would have thought that certainly at the Commonwealth level there would have been a
lot of assistance available to help Queensland DPP in this matter.

ANNIE GUEST: And are you concerned that that advice just hasn't been sought sufficiently?

DON ROTHWELL: I think one does have to question what level of interaction has taken place.

ANNIE GUEST: Do you think the Queensland Government should be examining the role of its officers
once this is finalised?

DON ROTHWELL: Yes, look I think there's capacity for all State Governments to look at the ability
of their various DPPs and criminal law enforcement officers to deal with these more technical
matters.

ANNIE GUEST: United States officials are now considering the extradition request.

It must show sufficient evidence to prosecute Dr. Patel.

This week his friend Vijay Mehta revealed Dr. Patel is now planning to contest the extradition.

And that's not an empty threat, according to Professor Rothwell.

DON ROTHWELL: The fact that he has been coined with the term Dr. Death. That the circumstances
surrounding the Bundaberg Hospital are ones of some notoriety in Queensland and matters over which
Queensland politicians have made comments over a number of years. That would certainly provide a
foundation for Dr Patel's to mount that argument, I would have thought, in the US courts.

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Professor Don Rothwell from the Australian National University, with Annie
Guest.