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O'Dwyer will appeal TV Shack extradition

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Wed Mar 14 2012, 11:05

THE MOTHER of the student set to be extradited to the US for posting links to copyrighted material says he will appeal the Home Office decision.

Yesterday the Home Office flew in the face of common sense and public opinion and agreed to hand over a UK citizen to the US government.

"On 9 March after the careful consideration of all relevant materials the home secretary signed an order for Richard O'Dwyer's extradition to the US," it said as it confirmed that Home Secretary Theresa May rubber-stamped her approval on the US request.

O'Dwyer's mother Julia O'Dwyer, has been committed to fighting the case since her son was first arrested. Earlier she said that his counsel, Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers, argued that the TV Shack web site was just a linking web site and had not hosted any content. This, he argued, put O'Dwyer's web site in the same category as others that return links to online content.

Although the judge seemed to agree with this argument, the court ruled in mid February that the extradition could go ahead, and the Home Office has agreed.

Julia O'Dwyer said that her son will pursue all available legal options and today, in conversation with The INQUIRER, she repeated that message.

"We will be exploring all legal options including the right to appeal," she said. "[We must] keep up pressure on government, they are feeling it."

O'Dwyer has 14 days to appeal. µ


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