Friday 24 November 2017

Man described as 'largest facilitator of child porn' in world re-applies for bail

Eric Eoin Marques
Eric Eoin Marques

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

A MAN described by the FBI as being "the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet" has re-applied for bail at the High Court.

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

The 28-year-old, who has Irish and US citizenship, appeared before High Court Judge Mr Justice John Edwards in Dublin this morning.

The hearing continues.

Mr Marques was arrested by police in Dublin on August 1 last under a provisional extradition request by the US authorities and has been in custody since his arrest.

He had previously been refused bail under the provisional arrest warrant and has reapplied now that a formal extradition request has been certified by the Minister for Justice.

Mr Marques 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.

The charges date from July 24 2008 to July 29 2013 and each carries a maximum penalty of between 20 and 30 years.

If convicted in the US on all four counts he faces up to 30 years in jail.

An FBI special agent previously told the court the suspect, who has an address on Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city, is suspected of being "the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet".

He is accused of being the sole administrator of a hosting server where multiple websites were held and where it is alleged pornographic images were shared.

Mr Marques, whose family attended this morning's bail hearing, has denied being the administer of the anonymous hosting server.

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