Adam Busby, the Dublin resident who was indicted last year for sending dozens of bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh, will be extradited to Scotland to face charges there.
Mr. Busby, 64, a Scot who has multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair, has been in custody in Dublin since July 2012, when he was arrested on a European arrest warrant.
The Irish Examiner, a newspaper in Cork, Ireland, reported on its website Monday that an Irish High Court judge ruled Mr. Busby must return to Scotland to face terrorism charges.
Mr. Busby, an advocate for Scottish independence, is wanted on charges in Scotland including making a hoax poison threat against former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and making hoax bomb and poison threats by telephone to Scottish newspapers and agencies.
Mr. Busby, who has lived in Ireland for about 30 years, argued that he should not be tried in the United Kingdom since the alleged offenses happened beyond its borders. The High Court judge decided Monday that since the results of Mr. Busby's alleged actions were felt in Scotland, the Scots could claim jurisdiction, the Irish Examiner reported.
It wasn't clear when Mr. Busby would be extradited, and his legal representatives in lreland could not be reached Monday.
Authorities in Pittsburgh, where a series of hoax bomb threats rattled the University of Pittsburgh campus during the spring of 2012, want him extradited here.
"We, together with the Office of International Affairs, have been actively monitoring proceedings in Ireland and coordinating with authorities in both Ireland and Scotland," said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton in a statement. "We remain interested in extraditing Adam Busby to hold him responsible for the indicted crimes here and have taken active steps to secure his presence. We stand in line behind Scotland, which has a prior interest and rights to proceed with Mr. Busby for crimes committed there."
In Pittsburgh, Mr. Busby was charged last year with 20 counts of wire fraud, 16 counts of maliciously conveying false information, two counts of international extortion and one count of threatening a federal officer. It remains unclear why Pitt was targeted.
Kaitlynn Riely: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1707. First Published July 30, 2013 4:00 AM