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Dublin child porn accused Eric Marques has brain disorder, court is told

By Brian Hutton

Published 12/05/2015

A legal fight against extradition to the United States by a man the FBI says is the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet has been hit with delays after fresh evidence he has a complex brain disorder
A legal fight against extradition to the United States by a man the FBI says is the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet has been hit with delays after fresh evidence he has a complex brain disorder

A legal fight against extradition to the United States by a man the FBI says is the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet has been hit with delays after fresh evidence he has a complex brain disorder.

Lawyers for Eric Eoin Marques (30) said tests carried out on the Dubliner in a high security prison in the Irish Midlands last month confirmed he has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition which is part of the autism spectrum.

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

He is fighting extradition proceedings in the Irish High Court, while a separate judicial review is being carried out into the Republic's decision not to prosecute the case at home. His lawyers denied the medical evidence, which has only just been introduced, was a delaying tactic, but insisted they had been pressing medical experts for some time to carry out the proper tests.

A report, dated May 7, confirmed a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, his solicitor Caroline Egan told Dublin's High Court.

Asked if it was a delaying tactic, she replied: "Absolutely not."

Judge Aileen Donnelly said she was very reluctantly allowing fresh affidavits to be admitted in the proceedings and remanded Mr Marques in continuing custody to June 29, when he is to appear before the same court.

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