Home Secretary approves extradition of student Richard O'Dwyer over pirate TV website

Theresa May has approved the extradition of a British student to the United States for running a website that provided links to pirated films and television shows.

Richard O’Dwyer, 23, a computer science student at Sheffield Hallam University, faces up to 10 years in a federal prison for operating TVShack for three years until December 2010.

Mr O’Dwyer’s mother, Julia, said her son had been “sold down the river by the government” in comments designed to embarrass David Cameron as he arrives in Washington for talks with President Barack Obama.

She warned that Britain’s extradition treaty with the United States meant American authorities could come for the young, the old and the ill “and our government is paving the way”.

“Richard's life - his studies, work opportunities, financial security - is being disrupted, for who knows how long, because the UK government has not introduced the much needed changes to the extradition law," she said.

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