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Home Office statement on student's extradition to US on fraud charges

"On 9 March the Home Secretary, having carefully considered allrelevant matters, signed an order for Richard O’Dwyer’s extradition to the US.Richard O’Dwyer is wanted in the US for offences related to copyrightinfringement connected to the website.

“It is alleged that between December 2007 and June 2010, MrO’Dwyer owned and operated which collected and catalogued links to websites containing illegal copies of copyrighted material including films, TV programmes and music. It is claimed he earned approximately £15,000 a month from advertising on the website."

“In June 2010, the US authorities seized the domain name Within one day, Mr O’Dwyer and a co-conspirator are alleged to have registered the new domain name and transferred the content from to the new website."


Mother's anger at decision to extradite son to US

Richard O'Dwyer's mum, from Chesterfield, was told Home Secretary Theresa May had signed the order authorising her son's extradition this afternoon, two months after a district judge said the allegations justified a trial in the US.

By rights, it should make for an interesting conversation between the Obamas and Camerons aboard Air Force One - but I'm not holding my breath.

If Richard appears to have committed a crime in this country - then try him in this country. Instead the Home Secretary wants to send him thousands of miles away and leave him languishing, just like Chris Tappin in a US jail, before he has a chance to demonstrate his innocence, under British law, of the allegations made against him.

It's disgusting. Next time it may be your son. I urge everyone who cares about unfair extradition to write to their MP..."



Anger as student extradition is given go-ahead

The Home Secretary has approved the extradition of 23-year-old Richard O'Dwyer Credit: PA

A student from Chesterfield accused of infringing copyright laws will be extradited to the US.

Richard O'Dwyer's mother accused the Government of "selling him down the river".

The Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website before it was closed down by authorities in the United States.

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