Friday, April 29, 2016

Dutch man linked to Amanda Todd case facing child pornography, extortion charges Friday in Amsterdam

Amanda Todd is shown in an undated handout photo. The man accused in the
cyberbullying case of British Columbia teen Amanda Todd has denied the
allegations against him in a letter released by his lawyer.
VANCOUVER — The trial of a Dutch man facing dozens of child pornography and online extortion charges related to the suicide of a British Columbia teenager is slated to begin Friday in Amsterdam, despite Dutch media reports his lawyer has quit on the eve of the hearing.

Aydin Coban is accused of using webcam video with sexual content to blackmail up to 39 victims from various countries, many of them underage.

The federal government has asked the Netherlands to extradite Coban to Canada, so he can stand trial on five separate charges linked to the 2012 death of 15-year-old Amanda Todd of Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Todd killed herself following relentless bullying that was sparked after an Internet harasser allegedly distributed nude photos of her online.  (more...)

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