Scotland Prosecutors Bid to Extradite Filipino Man Over Death of Teenager
Prosecutors in Scotland are now launching a bid to extradite a Filipino man over the death of teenager who committed suicide after falling victim to blackmail online.
According to Daily Record, Daniel Perry, 17, of Dunfermline in Fife council area, died in July 2013 when he fell from the Forth Bridge after discovering he was a victim of a “sextortion” attempt.
After finding out that instead of communicating to an American girl, he was told that explicit conversations over Skype were recorded and would be shared to friends and family unless he pay up.
Investigation by detectives from Police Scotland led to an electronic trail linking to the group’s location in the Philippines.
Criminal gangs target men on social media, posing as young women.
A warrant of arrest has been issued against a certain Archie Gian Tolin in the Philippines whom the Crown Office want extradited to face trial in Scotland.
In 2014, Tolin was arrested and bailed in the Philippines, along with Jomar Palacio, 23, and Vincent Bravo, 22, as part of a cooperation between the British and Filipino police cracking down on organized gangs involved in alleged cybercrime activities.
The extradition move is believed to be the first since a new extradition treaty between the Philippines and the United Kingdom has been enforced.
“Following the death of Daniel Perry, Police Scotland has continued its inquiries along with a number of other agencies including Interpol and the authorities within the Philippines,” Detective Chief Inspector Gary Cunningham said on Thursday.
“Losing Daniel has left us all devastated and we are still trying to come to terms with what has happened,” said Nicola Perry, Daniel’s mother in 2014.
With reports from BBC