THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (NEWS 1130) – The Dutch Supreme Court has approved the extradition to Canada of a convicted cyberbully who faces charges in the case of Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd, who took her own life back in 2012 after being bullied online.
It was not immediately clear when the suspect, 38-year-old Aydin Coban, could be sent to Canada following this morning’s ruling. His extradition must still be approved by the Dutch security and justice minister.
Coban was convicted last month by a Dutch court and sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison for cyberbullying dozens of young girls and gay men.
— Carol Todd (@c_todd) April 4, 2017
Todd’s mother Carole spoke to NEWS 1130 shortly after the ruling and she feels relieved. “It’s a huge relief. It’s also my birthday today, so this is the best birthday present ever that I could ever receive. It’ a shock to my whole system, I’m just trying to absorb it right now. You dream this day will come.”
She’s happy but acknowledges there is still a long way to go. “The two countries have to talk and determine what the extradition process will look like. However, there is an appeal for his conviction in the Netherlands underway — he has applied for appeal, so we have to find out whether that gets approved or not.”
In Canada, he faces a separate trial in the cyberbullying of Todd. The 15-year-old girl’s suicide drew global attention to online abuse. Here at home, he faces charges including extortion, possession of child pornography and attempting to lure a child.
Todd’s death brought cyberbullying to the mainstream after she posted a video on YouTube in 2012 in which she told her story in a series of handwritten signs, describing how she was lured by a stranger to expose herself on a webcam.