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UK student faces extradition trial over film web site

Will find out whether he will face trial in the US in January
Wed Nov 23 2011, 16:44

A UK STUDENT facing an extradition trial over a film streaming web site will find out soon whether he will be sent to the US for trial in January.

The attempt by the US government to extradite UK student Richard O'Dwyer for running a film streaming web site is a "denial of justice", his defence attorney said in a court hearing.

O'Dwyer's web site, TV-Shack, did not itself publish any so-called 'pirated' material but featured links to unlicensed streams of television shows and Hollywood films.

According to the Telegraph, the 23 year old student's barrister, Ben Cooper, QC, told a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday that there was a "real risk" of him "suffering ill-treatment within a federal system that he will be unable to cope with".

He accused US authorities of using delaying tactics to "create an unlevel playing field at trial" and said O'Dwyer should face a criminal or civil trial in Britain, because the alleged offenses took place in the UK.

However, US government representative John Jones, QC, argued that "access to the website took place in the US, and the victims - the studios - are in the USA".

O'Dwyer was first arrested in June last year by British police acting on information from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Although that investigation was subsequently dropped, O'Dwyer was arrested again in May on an extradition warrant to face charges in the US. µ


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