Drink or Die Extradition Decision

A LEGAL AID solicitor representing a NSW man who may soon face software piracy charges in the US has called for Australia’s extradition laws to be reviewed. NSW Legal Aid solicitor Antony Townsden said it was “morally repugnant” to have any national jurisdiction take precedence over another’s in matters involving crimes that may have been committed on the internet. “These matters transcend national boundaries and we should not be slave to those boundaries when it comes to prosecuting.

“We should consider the possibility of prosecuting in our own country first.”

Mr Townsden’s client, Hew Raymond Griffiths, has been accused of leading an organised internet piracy gang.

Last Friday he lost a High Court bid for special leave to appeal against his extradition to the US.
The Australian, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/sectionindex1/0,5745,au_weird%5E%5ETEXT,00.html