Friday 24 May 2019

Man to be extradited to US on 'Silk Road' charges

Gary Davis. Picture: Collins
Gary Davis. Picture: Collins

Tim Healy

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the extradition to the US of a man alleged to be an administrator of the Silk Road website facilitating the sale of illegal drugs and hacking software.

Gary Davis of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, will now face trial in the US on charges including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

He had opposed his extradition on grounds including that he suffers from a form of autism known as Asperger syndrome. If convicted in the US, Mr Davis could receive a life sentence.

Yesterday, a five-judge Supreme Court dismissed his appeal aimed at preventing his extradition. Mr Justice William McKechnie, giving the unanimous judgment, said the court was satisfied that Mr Davis had not established that there was a real risk that his fundamental rights would be infringed if extradited to the United States.

Mr Davis was present in court for the decision.

The court granted his lawyers a 48-hour stay on his surrender to allow them to advise him on the judgment and to consider a possible referral of the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Members of his family were visibly upset after the court delivered its judgment. His extradition was ordered by the High Court in 2016 and in March 2017 his appeal against that order was dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

Mr Davis claimed that if extradited he will be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner in a US detention centre. The US authorities claim Mr Davis was an administrator of the Silk Road website using the pseudonym 'Libertas' between June 2013 and October 2013.

Irish Independent

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