British Columbia

Aydin Coban, suspect in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case, can be extradited, Dutch court rules

A man suspected of cyberbullying B.C. teen Amanda Todd before she took her own life can be extradited, a Dutch court ruled following a hearing today in Amsterdam.

Dutch man must stand trial in Netherlands on separate charges before being sent to Canada

B.C. teen Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide in 2012 after posting a video online telling a story of being harassed relentlessly. (RIPAmandaTodd/Facebook)

A man suspected of cyberbullying B.C. teen Amanda Todd before she took her own life can be extradited, a Dutch court ruled following a hearing today in Amsterdam.

But, the court said, Aydin Coban must first stand trial in the Netherlands, where he faces 72 charges not related to Todd, including blackmail and the production and distribution of child pornography.  

Authorities in Canada want Coban, 38,  brought to Canada to face five charges in connection with Todd's death.

In October 2012, Todd, a 15-year-old from Port Coquitlam, committed suicide after posting a video on YouTube saying she had been blackmailed by an online predator after exposing her breasts on a webcam.

Coban was arrested in the Netherlands the same year, after an investigation into online harassment involving Dutch victims.

He was eventually charged with extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment, and the possession and distribution of child pornography by the RCMP in the Todd case.

His trial in the Netherlands is due to start in 2017. He has denied harassing Todd or any other wrongdoing.