Extradition approved for cyberbully suspect in Amanda Todd case

Aydin Coban must stand trial for sex crimes and extortion in Holland before he will be brought to Canada to face a series of charges.

  • Jun. 28, 2016 2:00 p.m.

An Amsterdam court has approved the extradition of a Dutch man suspected of a string of crimes against 15-year-old Amanda Todd, a Port Coquitlam teen who once attended school in Maple Ridge and who took her own life after being bullied online.

The Dutch Justice Minister now has to sign off on the extradition of Aydin Coban, but he will not be sent to Canada until after his Dutch trial on charges of sexual assault and extortion of 39 other victims is completed.

In Canada, Coban faces five charges connected to Todd, including extortion, possession of child pornography and attempting to lure a child online.

Fifteen-year-old Todd drew global attention to cyberbullying when she posted a YouTube video recounting her ordeal. She later took her own life in October 2012.

Her death has had a far-reaching impact in Canada. It helped spur the Canadian government to introduce anti-bullying legislation, which came into effect in March 2015 and made it a crime to distribute intimate images without consent.

Caption: Amanda Todd, 15, killed herself at home in 2012 after posting a heartbreaking YouTube video about being bullied online. Amanda’s mother, Carol, has since been leading the charge to end cyberbullying.

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