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Surgeon denies manslaughter charges in Australia court

Jayant Patel arrives at court with his wife Kishoree
Dr Patel arrived at court in Brisbane with his wife

An American surgeon has denied three charges of manslaughter and another of grievous bodily harm at a court in the Australian city of Brisbane.

Jayant Patel replied "Not guilty, your honour" as the judge read each charge.

Prosecutors accuse him of incompetence and failing to declare that he had previously been reprimanded by medical boards in the United States.

The charges relate to Dr Patel's work at Bundaberg hospital in Queensland between 2003 and 2005.

If convicted, Mr Patel, 59, faces life in prison.

The Indian-born US citizen was extradited from the United States in 2008 to face the charges.

The trial is expected to take between four and six weeks and hear evidence from 90 witnesses.

Prosecutors allege that Dr Patel used outdated, inefficient surgical procedures while carrying out operations he had been banned from undertaking in the United States.

He is accused of removing a patient's bowel without good reason, and failing to staunch internal bleeding in an elderly man, who later died.

The BBC's Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant says the trial comes 25 years after questions were first raised about Dr Patel's competency

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