Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

A New Zealand court has ruled Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, can be extradited to the United States, breaking an 17-month impasse on the issue.

The accused have always denied that this is the case, with many arguing that blaming piracy on Kim DotCom is a bit like blaming Louis Vuitton when someone smuggles cocaine in your designer suitcase.

The Court of Appeal has rejected Kim Dotcom and his co-accused's efforts to avoid extradition to the USA and says not only do the charges qualify, but unlawful spying and other misconduct are an issue for the actual trial in Virginia.

New Zealand's Court of Appeal on Thursday upheld earlier court rulings that the men were eligible to be handed over to us authorities.

German-born Dotcom, who has New Zealand residency, became well known for his lavish lifestyle as much as his computer skills.

According to Dotcom, the court did not engage with submissions on why there was no criminal copyright infringement, but it did at the hearing.

Ira Rothken, Dotcom's US-based lawyer, said on Twitter the defendants were "disappointed with today's judgment by the NZ Court of Appeal".

"I am prepared to fight to get justice, whether it is for me of others", he wrote.

The Appeal Court Justices - Stephen Kos, Christine French and Forrie Miller - found the extradition pathways the U.S. relied on were available to the United States, and it had "tendered sufficient evidence to support their case on those pathways".

"We will seek review with the NZ Supreme Court", he tweeted.

The charges stem from the file-sharing website he founded, Megaupload.

"We think that ultimately Kim Dotcom will prevail", Rothken said. He immediately hit out at the appeals court ruling this morning, while vowing to take the matter to Supreme Court.

The accused could face decades in prison, if convicted in the U.S. Before it was shut down in 2011 it claimed to have 50 million users.

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