Lawyer in Amanda Todd case worries about fair trial in Canada

A screengrab of bullied ten Amanda Todd.

A screengrab of bullied ten Amanda Todd.

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

The lawyer for a man accused of harassing B.C. teen Amanda Todd online says he hasn't seen a request to extradite his client from the Netherlands.

But when it does arrive, Christian van Dijk said he will have to study it and look for a way to fight it because he questions whether his client will get a fair trial in Canada.

"The question is...if the Canadian judges are still objective since my client is already convicted by many in Canada. He is not guilty until it is proven otherwise, let's not forget," van Dijk said in an e-mail Thursday.

Paul Van Der Zanden, a spokesman for the National Public Prosecutor's Office in the Netherlands, said they are "still awaiting the formal request" for extradition.

"It will be months, and in the meantime, the Dutch investigation will continue," he said in a phone interview Thursday.

He said the accused will likely go on trial in the Netherlands before being extradited to Canada.

 


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