March 11th, 2008 | by Lillian Hogan News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Dr. Death Faces Australian Extradition, Trial

     
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Washington County resident Dr. Jayant Patel, also known as Dr. Death, appeared in federal court Tuesday, where it was revealed that Australia is requesting his extradition.
FBI agents arrested Patel, 57, in his home the same morning.
His extradition trial is set for April 10 at 9:30 am, as directed by Magistrate Judge Dennis J. Hubel. He will be detained until a March 13 release hearing in which Patel's attorney, public defender Susan Russell, will request his release until trial.
Ex-surgeon Patel is internationally notorious for fleeing to Portland's suburbs after an Australian debacle in which he was charged for allegedly screwing up so bad he killed numerous patients.
And the deaths weren't just Down Under. Patel wielded his knife in Portland too, where Kaiser employed him for over a decade and he allegedly operated negligibly on a 3-year-old boy who died from post-surgery infection.
The Australian government is pursuing charges against Patel including manslaughter, fraud and negligence, according to the extradition announcement made Tuesday at the U.S. District Courthouse in Portland. If extradited and charged he would face life in prison.
Shantu Shah, an Indian-Born Portlander who ran for Congress in 2006, was in the courtroom in support of Patel, a man he told WWire he considers a close friend.
He predicts the courts will release Patel Thursday because the only reason to detain him would be political.
Patel moved to the United States from India in 1977. He was then naturalized in 1982 and surrendered Indian citizenship. He moved to the Portland area in 1989.
In 2005 Patel responded to malpractice allegations by forfeiting his Oregon medical license. He further attempted to prove his stability by voluntarily surrendering his U.S. passport in 2006. Russell says her client has no desire to travel and would not be a flight risk if released.
U.S. government prosecutors are opposed to his release and will argue this point at Thursday's hearing.
 
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