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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 7:15:24 AM

Killer Indian driver accuses Australia of hatred

NEW DELHI: A lawyer for an Indian driver who fled Australia after a fatal car accident said his client would not get a fair trial if extradited because of hatred towards Indian students.

Anil Mittal, lawyer for Puneet Puneet, told a New Delhi court he opposed his client’s extradition to Melbourne to face trial because of the “hatred towards Indian students in Australia”.

Mittal cited hate messages on Australian social media sites against Puneet as evidence that his life would be threatened if he returned and that he would not receive a fair trial.

Several attacks on Indian students in Australia in 2011 outraged India and led to accusations of racism against migrants, sparking a diplomatic row between the two countries.

Mittal also accused Australian police of pressuring Puneet into confessing to the crime but did not give details.

“The guilty plea was taken out of him under pressure,” the lawyer told the magistrate’s court.

“We are opposing his extradition. The trial for the charges that he is facing can be held in India.”

Puneet, 24, who is being held in Delhi’s Tihar jail, was in court along with members of his family.

The court fixed Jan 9 as the date for the next hearing. — AFP

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