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US prisoner writes to judge handling Eric Eoin Marques 'child porn' extradition

Published 03/11/2015

Eric Eoin Marques being led away from the High Court at an earlier hearing
Eric Eoin Marques being led away from the High Court at an earlier hearing

A prisoner in the US has written to a judge over conditions for mentally ill inmates as she prepares to rule on whether a Dublin man with Asperger's Syndrome should be extradited.

Eric Eoin Marques, 30, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city, has fought the proceedings in the High Court after the FBI alleged he was the largest facilitator of child porn in the world and sought to prosecute him on four charges.

He is wanted in the US over links to images on the Dark Web described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

Judge Aileen Donnelly revealed the contact from a prisoner in America as Marques awaits her ruling on the extradition application and a separate judicial review into Ireland's decision not to prosecute the case at home.

"He has raised issues for the treatment of mentally ill prisoners in the US," the judge told the court.

Judge Donnelly said her ruling would not be influenced by the contact from the inmate but that she wanted to notify lawyers and give them an opportunity to respond.

"I'm absolutely clear that I'm not influenced by it," the judge said.

The court was not given any detail on the communications including who made contact or from where.

Marques has both Irish and US citizenship.

He was diagnosed as having the complex brain disorder Asperger's, part of the autism spectrum, after undergoing examinations in an Irish jail following his arrest in August 2013.

Judge Donnelly adjourned the case until December 16 but said lawyers would have an opportunity to raise matters over the prisoner communication in the meantime.

Marques was remanded in custody.

He is wanted in connection with four counts involving the advertising of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, conspiracy to advertise child pornography and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

He has previously denied being the owner and administrator of an anonymous hosting server called Freedom Hosting where the FBI claim thousands of members allegedly posted millions of images of child pornography.

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