LAWYERS REPRESENTING Richard O'Dwyer, the British student at the centre of a criminal extradition row with the US over hyperlinks, are appealing against his extradition.
O'Dwyer faces criminal charges in the US over a civil matter of alleged copyright infringement and if extradited and convicted could face 10 or more years in prison.
Today O'Dwyer's mother, Julia O'Dwyer confirmed to The INQUIRER that her son's lawyers have launched an appeal, and repeated her determination to fight. "[We] will explore all other legal options too," she added.
Yesterday, the Open Rights Group (ORG) published a letter it received from the Home Office in response to its questions about the case.
The response from the British Government is disappointing and the Open Rights Group charged that it dodged the questions put to it.
"The response was from Damian Green, the Minister of State for Immigration and, according to the letter, the Minister responsible for extradition (even though it is the Home Secretary who makes the big decision on whether extradition should go ahead). He states that the US is entitled to seek Mr O'Dwyer's extradition since the UK courts have held that the US does have jurisdiction," says the ORG in its blog post.
"It is disappointing that the Minister has opted to describe to us the processes involved regarding requests for extradition, instead of addressing our very specific concerns of the wider implications of this decision."
Home Secretary Theresa May approved the US request to extradite Richard O'Dwyer earlier this month. µ
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