Gary Davis, the man from Wicklow and an alleged administrator of the Silk Road marketplace, has appealed to an order of the High Court that he be extradited to the United States where he will face a trial. He has been granted bail.
Gary Davis has been fighting extradition since the year 2013, and a High Court judge had ordered him to surrender himself to the US authorities for a trial. On August 19, his appeal to overturn the decision of the judge was granted to him. This gives him more time to prepare for the potential extradition.
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The Silk Road Administrator Granted Bail
Davis is one among the three moderators of Silk Road that were arrested on charges of distribution of narcotics, computer hacking, and money laundering.
The other two were Peter Nash and Andrew Jones. Gary objected to the High Court judge’s order saying that he suffered from depression and Asperger’s Syndrome.
His defense lawyer stated that he would not receive proper care if detained in the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The judge rejected his appeal that his constitutional and human rights would be breached. Davis was held in custody at the Cloverhill Prison.
The matter was taken up by the court once again when Mr. Davis filed an appeal against Justice McDermott’s order that he turn himself in and surrender to the US authorities.
The former Silk Road administrator requested that he be granted bail pending the outcome of his appeal.
Davis has been given ten days’ time to file a new appeal to turn down this decision of the judge.
Bail has been granted, and he now has time to prepare for his potential extradition. If extradited to the US and if he is convicted there, he could be awarded a life sentence.
The bail to Davis was consented to on the basis of a few conditions: he would sign every day with the Gardai; he would be let out on bail only on the basis of an independent surety of 15,000 Euros out of which 10,000 Euros were to be given as cash to the court; he should reside in Johnston Court (Kilpedder), demonstrate good behavior and not travel out of the jurisdiction.
Gary Davis was granted bail after his father John Davis stood up as the independent surety.
Davis had already been on bail as the extradition request was being dealt with by the court and was fully complying with all the bail terms that were set.
Gary Davis was accused of acting as the administrator of the online black marketplace Silk Road launched in 2011 under the name of “Libertas.”
The site was shut down in 2013 by the FBI. Ross Ulbricht, the creator of Silk Road, was charged, arrested and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
With the US authorities’ claims that Gary Davis as the administrator had explicit knowledge of all the items that were on sale on the Silk Road website, the lawyer who defended the other alleged moderator said that Davis cannot avoid a severe “no-mercy” sentence if convicted in the US.