Student to be extradited to US

A UK student, accused of infringing copyright laws, will be extradited to the US.

Richard O'Dwyer allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website before it was closed down by US authorities.

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UKIP condemns extradition of Sheffield student

Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, says: "This is appalling news and once again shows that our Government seems more than happy to hand over its citizens to the US without a care in the world."We saw this with my friend Chris Tappin, and now with Richard O'Dwyer.

"This treaty is totally one-sided and needs serious reform."Chris and Richard should be allowed to prove their innocence under British law in a British court, not taken on a plane to the other side of the world and thrown into an American jail.

"The Prime Minister should stop cosying up to president Obama and put British people first for once."

Liberty: 'Put common sense back into law'

Richard built this website from his Sheffield bedroom and his computer server wasn't even US-based but still he faces being dragged across the Atlantic for trial.

His plight shames our extradition system and the coalition needs to honour past promises and put some compassion and common sense back into the law.

– Emma Norton, legal officer at civil rights group Liberty


Mother of student under extradition threat: 'PM is wet'

Julia O'Dwyer, the mother of Richard who is facing being extradited to the US has slammed the government's handling of the case.

"I don't blame America. They do it because they can because our law leaves the gates wide open. This is fully the responsibility of our Government - the last government for doing this law and this Government for not acting to do the promised amendments to it."

Asked what the Prime Minister should do during his three-day visit to the US, Mrs O'Dwyer added:

The man's wet isn't he? He's not going to be saying anything much to President Obama. And he won't get much of an answer either. It'll be, 'The president doesn't interfere.'

Sheffield student faces extradition to the US

Richard O'Dwyer faces extradition to the US Credit: PA

A student accused of infringing copyright laws is being "sold down the river" by the Government, his mother said today as the Home Secretary approved his extradition.

Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate Richard O'Dwyer, 23, allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website before it was closed down by authorities in the United States.

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

On March 9 the Home Secretary, having carefully considered all relevant 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 copyright infringement connected to the website.

“It is alleged that between December 2007 and June 2010, Mr O’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."

– The Home Office


Mother's anger at decision to extradite son to US

Richard O'Dwyer's mum, from Cheltenham, 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..."

– Julia O'Dwyer, mother of Richard O'Dwyer

Anger as student extradition is given go-ahead

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

A student 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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