Man Accused of Tormenting Amanda Todd, Leading To Her Suicide, To Be Extradited To Canada To Face Charges

Joanna Jaguar

The Dutch man that has been accused of tormenting and cyber-bullying British Columbia teen Amanda Todd, ultimately causing her to take her own life, can be extradited to Canada to face multiple charges, a Dutch court has ruled.

In October of 2012, 15-year-old Amanda Todd took her own life after years of alleged online torment and cyber-bullying at the hands of Aydin Coban, a Dutch man who has also been charged with 72 counts of child pornography and extortion involving 39 other people, reports CBC. Todd committed suicide a little over a month after she posted a video to YouTube in which she used flash cards to tell a horrible story of bullying, extortion, cyber-stalking, self-harm, and suicide attempts.

Now, thanks to the unwavering efforts of the RCMP and Dutch police, a court has finally ruled that no matter the outcome of the 72 charges of child pornography and extortion that 38-year-old Coban faces in his home country, he can be extradited to Canada to face five charges relating to Amanda Todd, including extortion, criminal harassment, internet luring and the possession and distribution of child pornography. Amanda Todd's mother, Carol Todd, said that learning of the news that her daughter's accused tormentor can be extradited to Canada to stand trial was a "bittersweet moment."

"It brings up all the pain that started back in October of 2012 when we lost her. It's good that we see justice coming."
"Just because you might be overseas, you think that you're not touchable. You're not safe where you are."

"Not only have they followed through with their investigation, they've targeted someone in a foreign country. They didn't throw their hands up and say, 'Well, they're outside of Canada, we've done everything we can.'"

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