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Amanda Todd in an undated handout photo.Facebook/The Canadian Press

Dutch authorities have dropped international child pornography production charges against Aydin Coban, the Dutch man accused of extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd, whose 2012 suicide galvanized international efforts to stamp out cyberbullying.

In a press release last year, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service accused Mr. Coban of producing and distributing child pornography, with victims in the Netherlands, Canada, Britain and the U.S. One of those alleged victims was Ms. Todd.

On Monday, however, Dutch prosecutors told Mr. Coban's lawyer and Dutch media that it would solely pursue child-pornography production charges where there was a Dutch victim.

"Aydin is not being prosecuted for creating child pornography when it is about non-Dutch victims," Christian van Dijk, Mr. Coban's lawyer, told The Globe and Mail. "This is a big win for us as defence."

At this time, there are no Dutch charges related to Ms. Todd, though her name has emerged in the prosecution's case, Christian van Dijk, Mr. Coban's lawyer, told The Globe and Mail. Prosecutors allege Mr. Coban pressured underage girls and men into performing sexual acts via webcam and then using the images to blackmail his victims for cash.

Mr. van Dijk said the dropped charges alter the nature of the case. "It shows that this is a case not about a pedophile but about getting money from people."

Shortly after the Dutch case was publicized in April, 2014, the RCMP announced their own charges against Mr. Coban: extortion, importing or distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, luring a child under 18 via computer and criminal harassment.

A spokesman for B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch said the dropped charges will have no effect on legal proceedings in Canada. "The process of extradition is continuing," Neil MacKenzie said.

"There is no change in the approach the branch is taking."

Mr. Coban will not be available for extradition until after his Dutch court battle wraps up next year.

Ms. Todd took her life after an online image showing the teen exposing her breasts was disseminated among her Facebook friends. A police investigation went cold until Facebook's internal security team traced online threats made against Ms. Todd to a computer router in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands.

Dutch police arrested Mr. Coban at his rented Oisterwijk bungalow in January, 2014, after monitoring Internet activity at his home for several months.

In a letter sent to the media earlier this year, Mr. Coban insisted he lived nowhere near Oisterwijk at the time Ms. Todd was being harassed, and characterized Facebook's investigative work as "poorly founded and incomplete."

The Dutch trial against Mr. Coban is scheduled for next spring, with a decision slated for May 20.