What lies beneath? Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US

What lies beneath? Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US

What lies beneath? Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US

Kim Dotcom says a Court of Appeal ruling that he is eligible for extradition to the United States is "extremely disappointing" and he will appeal to the Supreme Court.

USA authorities claim that Dotcom and his associates, who are also being charged, cost American recording and film companies hundreds of millions of dollars through online piracy on Megaupload.

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

The final decision on extradition now rests with Justice Minister Andrew Little. Just yesterday, the United States accepted that right exists.

A German national, Dotcom, founder of the now-defunct Megaupload filesharing website, has been fighting his extradition since his arrest at his Auckland home in 2012.

"We will now appeal to the [New Zealand] Supreme Court".

"The precedent set is concerning and has ramifications in New Zealand outside my case", Dotcom added. US law enforcement agencies have been seeking to extradite Dotcom to face charges in the States since 2012. 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. With that in mind, the appeals court added, USA prosecutors had presented "a clear prima facie case that the appellants conspired to, and did, breach copyright wilfully and on a large scale, for their commercial gain". "The court has confirmed all of these extradition pathways are available to the United States", a summary of the judgement said. The judges noted an extradition hearing isn't a trial and simply established whether there was enough evidence to commit a person for trial, which the lower courts correctly found.

In February a year ago, New Zealand's High Court cleared the way for extradition.

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

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