Friday 28 October 2016

Court orders extradition in 'Silk Road' case

Aodhan O Faolain

Published 13/08/2016 | 02:30

Gary Davis Picture: Collins
Gary Davis Picture: Collins

The extradition to the United States has been ordered of a man who is alleged to have been an administrator of the Silk Road website that dealt drugs and hacking software.

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Gary Davis (27), of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, is wanted for trial in the US on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money-laundering.

The Silk Road, which was shut down by the FBI in 2013, was an underground website that hosted a "sprawling black market bazaar" on the internet.

In a detailed judgment in the High Court yesterday, Mr Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Mr Davis (inset) should be handed over to the US.

The judge rejected all grounds of Mr Davis's opposition to the request.

After the verdict, Mr Davis embraced friends and family in the court. He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and can apply for bail in the event an appeal. The Irish Independent can reveal that Mr Davis posted a series of bizarre messages on Facebook in recent months after his extradition hearing had been postponed. In one post, Mr Davis told a friend he would have FBI agents involved in Silk Road's closure shot.

"Don't be threatening to shoot people. The FBI has no sense of humour," his Facebook friend advised him.

"I'll have the entire FBI shot. Pack of humourless blaggards!" Mr Davis responded.

Mr Justice McDermott said the evidence did not establish the threshold of risk to life required to refuse the extradition.

Irish Independent

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