Wednesday 23 September 2020

Webcam blackmailer can be extradited to Canada over Amanda Todd death

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The Dutchman who allegedly blackmailed Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, driving her to commit suicide at the age of 15, can be extradited to Canada to stand trial, the supreme court ruled on Tuesday.

The Dutch court upheld last year’s lower court decision ruling that the extradition of Aydin C can go ahead.

Amanda Todd killed herself in October 2012 after being stalked and blackmailed by C over a nude photo she had given him, thinking C to be someone else.

C, who comes from Tilburg and is now 38, was arrested later in the Netherlands. He was found to have dozens of aliases and to be blackmailing a number of girls after getting them to send him nude photographs.

Last month he was jailed for nearly 11 years for the online abuse and for blackmailing 34 girls under the age of 18.

Canada has always said it wanted to try C for threats, abuse and blackmail through its own judicial system.

Tuesday’s court decision does not mean C will soon be sent to Canada. He is still able to appeal against last month’s conviction in the Dutch courts and justice minister Stef Blok has to approve his extradition.

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