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Extradition of accused cyberbully slow-going

Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 6:29 am PDT

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Don’t expect to see Aydin Coban in a Metro Vancouver courtroom anytime soon.

The man facing extradition from the Netherlands involving the suicide of a 15-year-old girl from Port Coquitlam still has time to appeal his conviction on numerous other charges in Europe.

Dan McLaughlin with BC’s Criminal Justice Branch says the next step is a hearing early next month.

“The decision on the appeal of the extradition order is due April 4th. Should his appeal be denied, the matter will then go to the Dutch authorities for administerial approval. Until the appeals are exhausted, we can’t conclude or proceed with our extradition.”

The 38-year-old Coban is accused of cyberbullying Amanda Todd in the months leading up to her suicide.

Earlier today (Thursday), he was sentenced to a maximum 11 years on fraud and blackmail charges involving dozens of other victims including young girls and gay men across Europe.

“He will not be available for his extradition to Canada prior to the conclusion of proceedings in the Netherlands –including any appeals.”

McLaughlin says there’s little chance this process will be abandoned.

“Our position has always been that he should be returned to British Columbia to face our system with respect to the charges that arose here.”

Todd killed herself in October of 2012 after falling victim to someone who bullied her onlilne.

Coban’s current convictions include several counts of fraud and blackmail.