The fate of Peter Phillip Nash is still in the hands of the Australian government as a decision is yet to be reached on whether to extradite the 41 year old to the United States. Nash, who hails from Queensland State, was convicted together with two other men in a drug dealing saga. As an alleged moderator of Silk Road, a website through which people buy illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin, Nash faces conspiracy charges.
The charge sheet detailed the conviction as a conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, narcotics trafficking and money laundering with regards to the website activities in the month of December. The buyers and sellers on the Silk Road platform used bitcoin, a digital currency. The Australian Attorney, General George Brandis through his spokeswoman confirmed that indeed Nash formally relinquished extradition rights when he appeared before a Queensland court. The spokeswoman further added that it was now incumbent upon the Australian Justice Minister to determine whether Mr. Nash is to be surrendered to the United States of America in line with the Extradition Act Section 15B.
However, Justice Michael Keenan, the spokesperson for the Australian Minister for Justice was not immediately available for comment.
The Co-accused, the two men accused together with Mr. Nash, were arrested in Ireland and the United States. According to the indictment read in December, the role played by the two, aged 24 and 25 was that of website administration.
These convictions come hot on the heels of the arrest in October of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder and mastermind behind Silk Road. The indictment identified the three men as accomplices and support personnel for Silk Road, drawing salaries to the tune of between $50,000 and $75,000 per annum.
According to findings and reports, Nash, also known as “Anonymousasshit” and “Batman73”, has been a moderator for Silk Road from January 2013.