New Zealand court says Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US

Leroy Wright
July 7, 2018

New Zealand's Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed an anti-extradition claim placed by internet mogul Kim Dotcom, and upheld an earlier verdict that stated the 44-year-old could be deported to the US.

US authorities say Dotcom - the German founder of Megaupload, who legally changed his name from Kim Schmitz more than a decade ago - and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material.

Along with three co-defendants, Dotcom was indicted by a USA grand jury on a range of charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering, wire fraud, conspiracy to infringe copyright on a commercial scale and money laundering.

The ultimate decision on the extradition will rest with New Zealand's Minister of Justice. Just yesterday, the United Stated accepted that right exists.

Those in favour of extradition argue that if Mr Dotcom didn't want to get into trouble for smuggling, he shouldn't have gotten into the suitcase game in the first place, to extend this woeful and unnecessary metaphor to its logical conclusion.

But before they could put Dotcom on trial, the USA government had to get Dotcom to the United States.

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"Many important cases in New Zealand are not won in the Court of Appeal, or in the Courts below, but are won when they reach the Supreme Court".

Kim Dotcom at his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland in 2016.

If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it would be the final appeal through the courts for Dotcom.

"An extradition hearing is not a trial on the merits, and the evidence relied on by the United States discloses a clear prima facie case to support the allegations that the appellants conspired to, and did, breach copyright wilfully and on a massive scale for commercial gain".

"We will seek review with the NZ Supreme Court".

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