Published: Thu, July 05, 2018

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, New Zealand court rules

Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, New Zealand court rules

Earlier, his appeal was rejected consecutively by New Zealand's North Shore District Court and the High Court.

Dotcom had asked the court to overturn two previous rulings that the internet mogul and his three co-accused be sent to America to face charges. If handed over to the USA, he and his three co-defendants will face charges of copyright infringement and fraud that resulted in damages to record and film studios to the tune of over $500 million.

In its ruling on Thursday, the Court of Appeal argued that the U.S. case was warranted, as it relied on "available extradition pathways" propped up by "sufficient evidence".

"We will seek review with the NZ Supreme Court", he tweeted.

They allege Megaupload netted more than US$175 million in criminal proceeds and cost copyright owners US$500 million-plus by offering pirated content including films and music. This new ruling - which still isn't a ruling on guilt - states that the fraud aspect does qualify them for extradition and that the USA court should get to see him in the ample flesh for a hearing. "I will appeal to the Supreme Court".


"With the court upholding the appellants' eligibility for extradition, the final decision as to whether the appellants should be extradited rests with the minister of justice", it said.

The US has requested the extradition of Dotcom after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his mansion and shut down his Megaupload business in 2012.

This year, Dotcom also tried and failed to have former US President Barack Obama served with a subpoena and forced to give evidence in a New Zealand court over a damages claim for the streaming website.

In a tweet, Dotcom said his "global legal team", comprised of 20 lawyers from New Zealand, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany, has worked on his case. He changed his last name to Dotcom in 2012.

Was all of the above done to me and my family against the law?

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