Child pornography suspect wanted in the United States seeks Irish trial

Tuesday 22 October 2013 23.31
Eric Eoin Marques was remanded in custody for a further three weeks
Eric Eoin Marques was remanded in custody for a further three weeks

Lawyers for an Irishman man described by the FBI as 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 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 on Section 15 of the Extradition Act.

The act 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 Mr Marques in custody for three weeks when the case will be mentioned again.

Mr Marques, who has Irish and US citizenship, was previously denied bail after the judge accepted evidence from the FBI and gardaí 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.

Marques, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin, 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.