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A 27-year-old Irishman whom police say was an administrator on the Silk Road drug-dealing website is fighting to avoid facing trial in the US.
Gary Davis of Wicklow, Ireland was indicted in 2013. US prosecutors say Davis was “Libertas,” a Silk Road admin who helped with things like customer service and moderating the forums.
Davis was arrested in 2014.
Earlier this month, Ireland’s High Court ordered that he should be extradited to the US.
Davis has appealed that order, The Irish Times reported this weekend.
Davis has been charged with conspiracy charges related to narcotics distribution, money laundering, and computer hacking.
If convicted, he could face up to a life sentence.
During his extradition trial, Davis’ counsel said his client was a “vulnerable” person who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and depression.
Davis’ counsel say he would suffer “very serious” consequences if he went to a medium-security prison in the US.
Davis claims he should have been charged in Ireland with any Silk Road related offenses, but Irish prosecutors made it clear they hadn’t investigated and had no intention of charging any Silk Road-related crimes.
Davis’ lawyers say he would be detained “in an inhuman and degrading manner” in the US.
Those arguments didn’t succeed at the High Court, but Davis is appealing, and a judge agreed he could be released on bail while his appeal moves forward.
The Irish Examiner reports that Davis is expected to be released from custody Saturday afternoon.
Davis’ indictment took place less than three months after Ross Ulbricht was arrested in San Francisco. Ulbricht was convicted in 2015, when a jury agreed with prosecutors that he was the mastermind behind Silk Road, a Tor-based website where users could buy just about any illicit drug using bitcoins. Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison later that year.