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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Child porn accused facing US extradition

Eric Eoin Marques
Eric Eoin Marques

An Irishman described by the FBI as "the largest facilitator of child porn in the world" has been told he will be extradited to the US.

The extradition was postponed for at least 15 days to allow time for an appeal.

Eric Eoin Marques (30), with an address at Mountjoy Square in Dublin, is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting.

The US authorities want him to face charges of conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The State had sought to surrender him to US authorities while Mr Marques sought a judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecutions' (DPP) decision not to prosecute him in this country.

At the High Court yesterday, Justice Aileen Donnelly delivered a judgement on the extradition, saying that it had been issued with due process and did not constitute a violation of his constitutional rights.

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She also rejected a judicial review that argued that Mr Marques should be tried in Ireland, rather than the US.

Mr Marques's legal team had argued that they are entitled to know why the DPP was not prosecuting the case, but Justice Donnelly rejected this.

She said there was nothing in the case that should overturn the longstanding immunity of the DPP from having to give reasons for its decisions.

The charges against Marques relate to images on over a hundred anonymous websites - described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

The websites in question have "thousands of members" who have posted "millions of images" of child pornography.

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