Monday 24 September 2018

Man accused of facilitating child porn loses appeal

Eric Eoin Marques Picture: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie
Eric Eoin Marques Picture: Paddy Cummins/PCPhoto.ie

Tim Healy

A man accused of being the world's biggest facilitator of child pornography has lost an appeal aimed at halting his extradition to the United States.

Eric Eoin Marques is wanted by the American authorities on charges including conspiring to distribute and advertise child pornography and advertising and distributing child pornography.

The FBI believes he is the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting site known as Freedom Hosting.

The charges against Mr Marques, with an address at Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1, relate to images on more than 100 "anonymous websites" described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre- pubescent children.

He was arrested by gardaí in 2013 on foot of a formal request from the US. He has opposed his extradition and has brought a number of separate but related actions against his proposed extradition, including a challenge against the DPP's decision not to prosecute him in Ireland for offences he is wanted for in the US.

His lawyers argued the Justice Minister needed to know the reasons why the DPP decided not to prosecute before the minister could properly exercise his discretion before making an order for Mr Marques' surrender.

His application was dismissed by the High Court and he appealed that ruling to the Court of Appeal, which yesterday dismissed the appeal and said the High Court was entirely correct in its decision.

The case will return before the court on Friday when lawyers for Mr Marques may seek to have the case appealed to the Supreme Court.

Irish Independent

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