Julia O'Dwyer, the mother of TVShack founder Richard O'Dwyer, has called on supporters to keep signing an anti-extradition petition started by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, claiming her son still needs support for his appeal hearing.
Speaking to V3 on Tuesday, Julia O'Dwyer said despite Home Office suggestions that it would ignore the petition, supporters should keep signing Wales' petition, with the campaign only having started just over a week ago.
"We've got an appeal hearing set for later in the year, we're still waiting for a date and we're currently looking to get as much support as possible," she said.
On Monday, a Home Office representative told V3 it would leave Richard O'Dwyer's fate up to the court system. He is facing extradition to the US for alleged cases of copyright infringement on his TVShack website.
Since the US filed the request, numerous activist groups, celebrities and politicians have openly campaigned to stop the extradition. Most recently, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales started a petition calling on the Home Office and UK home secretary Theresa May to block the extradition.
"My main beef with it [the US interpretation of its extradition treaty with the UK] is that they are very keen to extradite people that have never set foot in the US and have not committed a crime in the US," said Julia O'Dwyer.
She went on to criticise the UK government for its unresponsive nature. "You don't get through to [ministers or civil servants]," said O'Dwyer.
"I wrote to [Theresa May] on one occasion and she didn't deign to respond to that. But the petition is not just for her, it's for David Cameron and Nick Clegg as well, both of whom have been put under significant pressure already."
Looking to the future, O'Dwyer confirmed she and Wales have been discussing other possible ways to fight the extradition.
"Nothing is finalised, we're just getting some ideas together. At the moment we just want to keep the petition going," she said.
Wales' petition has gathered massive support since being started, breaking past the 200,000 signatures milestone in its first week.
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