Belfast Telegraph

Child porn suspect seeks home trial

Lawyers for a man described by the FBI as being the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet have mounted a fresh challenge to have him prosecuted in Ireland instead.

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

Defence barrister Remy Farrell told the High Court in Dublin he wished to make a submission to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Section 15 of the Extradition Act, which relates to not extraditing a defendant when the alleged offence was committed in Ireland.

The DPP is considering a criminal file in the case.

Patrick McGrath, for the State, said he had no objection to the application.

Mr Justice John Edwards remanded Marques in custody for three weeks when the case will be mentioned again.

Marques, who has Irish and US citizenship, was previously denied bail after the judge accepted evidence from the FBI and Irish police that the 28-year-old is a flight risk or likely to destroy evidence if released.

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.

If convicted in the US on all four counts he could be jailed for up to 100 years.

He is being held on four counts involving the advertising of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, conspiracy to advertise child pornography, and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

Marques, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city, is accused of being the sole administrator of an anonymous hosting server called Freedom Hosting where the FBI claim thousands of members allegedly posted millions of images of child pornography.

He was not in court for the brief hearing.

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