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Saturday 26 July 2014

Child porn accused remanded again

Published 21/01/2014|11:57

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Eric Eoin Marques is led away from the High Court in Dublin

A man branded the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet by the FBI has been remanded in custody in Ireland for a further week.

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Eric Eoin Marques, 28, is wanted in the United States on four charges linked to website images described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

During a brief mention in Dublin's High Court, Judge John Edwards reiterated that he was anxious to make progress in the extradition case.

Barrister Niamh Foley, representing the accused - who remains in custody, said his legal team needed another week for legal considerations.

Judge Edwards remanded Marques in custody until January 28.

The accused, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city and who has both Irish and US citizenship, was previously denied bail after the judge accepted evidence from the FBI and Irish police that he was a flight risk or likely to destroy evidence if released.

He is wanted in connection with four counts involving the advertising of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, conspiracy to advertise child pornography and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

He has previously denied being the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting server called Freedom Hosting where the FBI claim thousands of members allegedly posted millions of images of child pornography.

Last November, he told the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) he would plead guilty - in Ireland - to charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography, as well as advertising and distributing child pornography.

But the DPP Claire Loftus has indicated she would not bring proceedings against him in Ireland.

The US faces a battle to extradite him.

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