O'Dwyer Avoids US Extradition

Richard O'Dwyer has reached an agreement to avoid extradition to the US over copyright infringement allegations. 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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MP is "absolutely delighted" as student avoids extradition

A student who created a website that helped people to watch films and TV shows for free has reached an agreement to avoid extradition to the US over copyright infringement allegations.

Richard O'Dwyer from Chesterfield was facing extradition after allegedly earning thousands of pounds through advertising on the TVShack website.

He's now reached an agreement that involves travelling to the US and paying compensation, but avoiding a trial. As part of their campaign he and his mother had petitioned Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.

'Victory' for O'Dwyer

The Conservative MP and lawyer Dominic Raab, has called Richard O'Dwyer's settlement a 'victory for British justice.'

He's campaigned for reform of Britain's extradition arrangements with the US.

"This is a victory for Richard and his family, a victory for British justice and, above all, a victory for common sense. Now we need to put in law a proper safeguard to prevent these arbitrary cases from happening again."

– Dominic Raab, Conservative MP


Human rights campaign group welcome O'Dwyer settlement

Liberty, the human rights campaign group have welcomed the proposed settlement of Richard O'Dwyer's case.

O'Dwyer, who is from Chesterfield, will voluntarily go to the US to pay compensation.

In light of this, Liberty have warned that there is still a need to reform extradition laws.

"Case after case shows that our extradition arrangements must be overhauled to allow people who have never left these shores to be dealt with here at home. We need urgent legislation to prevent their torment."

– Isabella Sankey, Liberty's director of policy

Richard O'Dwyer won't be extradited to the US

Richard O'Dwyer Credit: PA Pictures

Richard O'Dwyer will travel to the US voluntarily to pay compensation.

The High Court heard today how the university graduate created a website that helped people to watch films and TV shows for free online.

He has agreed to avoid extradition to the US as going over voluntarily will leave him free of a trial and criminal record if found guilty.

O'Dwyer, who is from Chesterfield, could have faced jail if convicted of the allegations which were brought following a crackdown by the US authorities.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, for O'Dwyer, told the court he had agreed to a "deferred prosecution agreement" and intended to honour it.

This meant O'Dwyer's pending application to challenge US moves to extradite him were no longer necessary.


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Student facing extradition takes fight to Parliament

A student from Chesterfield who is challenging an extradition order to the United States where he is facing copyright charges has taken his fight to parliament. Richard O'Dwyer set up a website which offered links to pirated movies and tv programmes.

Today he met the MP Keith Vaz who chairs the Home Affairs Committee which has raised concerns about the extradition process.

Extradition student lobbies MP

Richard O'Dwyer is fighting extradition to the USA Credit: ITV News

A student from Chesterfield who is facing extradition to the United States to face copyright charges is to lobby the the Leicester East MP Keith Vaz at Westminster today.

It follows the signing of the extradition order by Home Secretary Theresa May earlier this year.

Richard O'Dwyer set up TVshack.Net, a website offering links to pirated films and television programmes.

His equipment was seized by the US authorities with the support of British police back in November 2010.

The Americans want him to stand trial for breaching copyright laws in the US.

They say that the student raised almost £150,000 in advertising on the site which has now been shut down.

Keith Vaz MP chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee and will meet Richard O'Dwyer and his mother Julia this afternoon.

A petition challenging the extradition order has now raised more than 20,000 signatures.

Richard O'Dwyer claims that to provide links to websites is not an offence under British law so therefore he does not believe he should face a trial in America.

There is growing concern cross party concern about the whole extradition process which was established by a treaty back in 2003.

The liberal democrat President Tim Farron has described the bid for Mr O'Dwyer's extradition as 'ludicrous'.

Richard O'Dwyer and his mother say they will never give up their legal challenge.

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