Monday 11 December 2017

Child-porn case man set to seek judicial review

Eric Eoin Marques
Eric Eoin Marques

Brian Kavanagh

AN Irishman wanted in the US and described as "the largest facilitator of child porn in the world" may seek judicial review of the DPP's decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

Eric Eoin Marques, who is alleged to be the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting, is wanted by US authorities to face charges relating to conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography.

The 28-year-old, with an address at Mountjoy Square in central Dublin, has been in custody since his arrest in August last year. He was refused bail over concerns he represented a flight risk.

The charges against Mr Marques relate to images on over a hundred "anonymous websites" described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

The websites in question have "thousands of members" who have posted "millions of images" of child pornography. Some of the children involved are infants, the FBI claimed.

The extradition court previously heard from FBI Special Agent Brooke Donahue, who described Mr Marques as "the largest facilitator of child porn in the world".

Counsel for Mr Marques, Micheal P O'Higgins, yesterday told the court that he and a new legal team had just come on record and on that basis he would ask for more time.

He said his client was anxious to receive advice on the Ali Charaf Damache case and the possibility of seeking judicial review on the same grounds.

Mr Damache (48), who is wanted in the United States on international terrorism charges, had sought judicial review to challenge the DPP's decision not to prosecute him in Ireland.

Mr Justice Edwards remanded Mr Marques in custody until February 18.

Irish Independent

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