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Tuesday 22 July 2014

‘Largest facilitator of child porn on the planet’ remanded in custody for further two weeks

Brian Hutton, Press Association

Published 12/11/2013|12:16

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Eric Eoin Marques is fighting extradition to the United States
Eric Eoin Marques is fighting extradition to the United States

A MAN branded the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet by the FBI has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks.

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Eric Eoin Marques 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 said he was anxious to fix a date for a hearing into the extradition case.

Judge Edwards said he would like the hearing to go ahead sooner rather than later as the accused remains in custody.

He remanded Marques in custody for another two weeks with the case to be heard again on November 26.

Dressed in a grey hooded sweater, the 28-year-old, who has Irish and US citizenship, was in the court for the brief mention.

He waved to a handful of onlookers before being led away again.

Marques, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city, 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 is accused of being the sole administrator of an anonymous hosting server called Freedom Hosting where the FBI claim thousands of members allegedly posted millions of images of child pornography.

Irish Independent

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