Bolsover student Richard O’Dwyer lodges appeal over extradition to USA

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A BOLSOVER student who is set to be extradited to America to face allegations of copyright infringement in America has lodged an appeal over the decision to extradite him.

Richard O’Dwyer (23), who is studying at Sheffield Hallam University, is challenging a court decision approving his extradition to the United States, which has been approved by Home Secretary Theresa May.

His lawyers have lodged appeal papers at the High Court, disputing the need for him to be extradited to face criminal charges abroad, claiming he never committed any offences in America.

The US authorities claim the TVShack website set up by Mr O’Dwyer, which hosted links to pirated films and television programmes, was in breach of US copyright laws.

Mr O’Dwyer allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising on the site he ran from his bedroom before it was closed down.

If prosecuted in America and convicted he faces 10 years in jail.

He was set to travel to London today to meet his legal team to discuss the appeal.