Extradition in Amanda Todd case could come before Dutch trial: prosecution

Dutch prosecutors says the possible extradition of a man accused of using the Internet to target underage girls, including B.C. teen Amanda Todd, won’t necessarily have to wait until after his trial in Holland.

VANCOUVER — Dutch prosecutors says the possible extradition of a man accused of using the Internet to target underage girls, including B.C. teen Amanda Todd, won’t necessarily have to wait until after his trial in Holland.

Thirty-five-year-old Aydin Coban is facing charges in Canada and the Netherlands over allegations he surreptitiously recorded webcam footage of underage girls and men and then used the footage to extort them.

The RCMP announced last week that Coban is facing five charges in B.C. related to Todd, a 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl who turned to suicide after she was exploited online.

B.C.’s criminal justice branch has already said it plans to ask the federal Justice Department to seek the man’s extradition to face trial in Canada, but there have been questions about how quickly that could happen.

Paul van der Zanden, a spokesman for Holland’s public prosecution service, says it hasn’t received a formal extradition request, so the court process in that country will continue toward a trial.

But van der Zanden suggests that plan could change if an extradition request is made, though he says he can’t speculate about precisely what would happen once that occurs.

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