Bye-Bye, Kim? NZ Court Rules Dotcom Can Be Extradited To US
The Auckland High Court has ruled that New Zealand entrepreneur Kim Dotcom can be extradited to face charges relating to his Megaupload Web site, which was shut down in 2012.
The court upheld a decision by a lower court in 2015 on 13 counts, including allegations of conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud – although it described that decision as “flawed” in several areas.
Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield said the decision was “extremely disappointing” and Dotcom would appeal.
US authorities say that Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost American 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.
The New Zealand court also found that Dotcom’s co-accused – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato – were also eligible for extradition.