New Zealand court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited

New Zealand court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited

New Zealand court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has lost another fight in his epic legal battle to avoid being extradited to the United States.

Mr Dotcom is one of the founders of Megaupload, a file-sharing site which allowed customers to store files online. US law enforcement agencies have been seeking to extradite Dotcom to face charges in the States since 2012.

Mr Dotcom and his co-accused have consistently denied the United States charges.

Should the latest decision stand, Justice Minister Andrew Little will have the final say on whether Dotcom is extradited.

Far from merely turning a blind eye to rampant file sharing on the platform, USA authorities say, Dotcom and his staff knowingly and deliberately promoted the use of the platform for copyright infringement.

German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom arrives for a court hearing in Auckland, New Zealand, September 24, 2015.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has led the case and claims Megaupload was a criminal conspiracy that earned the men $175 million.

Rothken added: "We will seek review with the NZ Supreme Court".

A Court of Appeal panel decided that Mr Dotcom could argue for further discovery from the government in relation to his case. The courts have generally concurred with arguments put forward by Dotcom's team that extradition is not possible on allegations of copyright infringement alone.

While, from the legal point of view, Dotcom's future is looking bleaker and his surrender to the U.S. is looking more likely, just several months ago Dotcom declared his extradition case was over. If extradited and found guilty in the United States, the quartet could face decades in jail.

In a statement, Dotcom said his legal team was "confident that the Supreme Court will hear the appeal given there are such significant legal issues at stake". Many importance 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.

"Therefore it has the value of toilet paper", he tweeted.

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