THE WORRIED MOTHER of TV Shack founder Richard O'Dwyer, Julia O'Dwyer has asked supporters to add their signatures to a petition against extradition started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, saying her son will need the support at his appeal hearing.
Yesterday Julia O'Dwyer told The INQUIRER that despite the Home Office stance that it will ignore the petition, supporters should continue adding their names to Wales' petition, since the campaign started only just over a week ago.
She said, "We've got an appeal hearing set for later in the year, we're still waiting for a date and we're currently looking to get as much support as possible."
On Monday, a Home Office spokesperson told The INQUIRER that it would leave O'Dwyer's fate up to the courts. He is facing extradition to the US for alleged copyright infringement through links at the TV Shack web site.
Since the US filed the extradition request many activist groups, celebrities and politicians have campaigned to prevent it. Most recently, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales started a petition asking the Home Office and in particular UK Home Secretary Theresa May to block the extradition.
Julia O'Dwyer said, "My main beef with it [the US interpretation of its extradition treaty with the UK] is that they are very keen to extradite people that have never set foot in the US and have not committed a crime in the US."
She went on to criticise the UK government for its lack of response, saying, "You don't get through to [ministers or civil servants]."
"I wrote to [Theresa May] on one occasion and she didn't deign to respond to that. But the petition is not just for her, it's for David Cameron and Nick Clegg as well, both of whom have been put under significant pressure already."
O'Dwyer confirmed that she and Wales have discussed other possible ways to fight the extradition. She said, "Nothing is finalised, we're just getting some ideas together. At the moment we just want to keep the petition going."
Wales' petition on Richard O'Dwyer's behalf has gathered significant support in the short time since it began, passing the 200,000 signatures mark within its first week. µ