A 27-year-old Irishman who American prosecutors believe was a top administrator on Silk Road named “Libertas” has been approved for extradition to the United States.
According to the Irish Times, a High Court judge ordered Gary Davis to be handed over to American authorities on Friday.
In December 2013, federal prosecutors in New York unveiled charges against Davis and two other Silk Road staffers, Andrew Michael Jones (“Inigo”) and Peter Phillip Nash (“Samesamebutdifferent”). They were all charged with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy.
After a few years of operation, Silk Road itself was shuttered when its creator, Ross Ulbricht, was arrested in San Francisco in October 2013. Ulbricht was convicted at a high-profile trial and was sentenced to life in prison in May 2015.
In March 2015, Nash pleaded guilty and was released after being sentenced to time served two months later. Jones’ case remains pending.
Davis, who did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment, can appeal within 10 days. His Twitter account has been silent for days.
Last month, prior to the extradition hearings, Davis e-mailed Ars to say that he had not yet formally challenged the seizure of the Icelandic Silk Road server.
No challenge in relation to the Silk Road servers has formally been made by me. The extradition proceedings against me here are just that—proceedings, not a legal case to determine innocence or guilt—and there is no avenue under those proceedings with which I can challenge the FBI’s impossible explanation re: the Iceland server …