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Kim Dotcom eligible to be extradited to U.S., court rules

06 July 2018
Kim Dotcom eligible to be extradited to U.S., court rules

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he'll appeal to the Supreme Court, saying a Court of Appeal judgement today clearing the way for his extradition to the United States has "the value of toilet paper".

The decision comes more than six years after US authorities shut down Dotcom's file-sharing website Megaupload and filed charges of conspiracy, racketeering and money laundering against the men.

In any event, the result was the same: the Court of Appeals found that New Zealand had serious criminal offenses corresponding to several of the charges the United States brought against Kim Dotcom and his colleagues, and hence that the group could be extradited to the United States.

"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.

Rothken said Dotcom plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, the nation's highest court.

The group lost their case in the North Shore District Court in 2015 and have now lost appeals to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

The charges relate to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

"The precedent set is concerning and has ramifications in New Zealand outside my case", Dotcom added. The case, which can still be appealed, has now passed through three courts.

Dotcom disputed the court's interpretation of copyright provisions.

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.

At one point he lived in a Hong Kong hotel, before being granted permanent residency in New Zealand in 2010.

If found guilty, they could face decades in prison.

He was arrested in New Zealand in 2012 during a dramatic police raid on his mansion and incarcerated for a month before being released on bail.

"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, My case will be one of those", he said. "We will seek review with the NZ Supreme Court".