June 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM
AMSTERDAM - An Amsterdam court has approved the extradition of a Dutch man suspected him of a string of crimes against British Columbia teenager Amanda Todd, 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.
The Dutch case has been repeatedly delayed and the trial is not expected to resume until next year.
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.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2016