Kim Dotcom Thinks NZ Supreme Court Will Allow US Extradition

By Gabriela Vatu / August 17, 2020

Kim Dotcom thinks the New Zealand Supreme Court will decide in favor of the extradition request coming from the US government.

The famous Megaupload founder is predicting that he's finally be extradited to the United States, as a decision by the New Zealand Supreme Court is expected in his case.

For the past eight years, the infamous Dotcom has been in a legal battle to avoid extradition to the US. His case involves the US government accusing him, alongside Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato of copyright infringement. In fact, its one of the biggest such cases to take place thus far.

In a since-deleted tweet, Dotcom said that the Supreme Court will do a hatchet job in his case because National appointed Judges France, Glazebrook, and O'Regan will side with the party that appointed them, rather than the law. The tweet has since been deleted, but Dotcom mentions that he will sometimes remove messages he's written after his legal team indicates that would be a better move on his part.

Dotcom showed support for Helen Winkelmann, the Chief Justice of New Zealand, however. "She knows what her fellow Judges are doing and why. She understands the injustice my family had to endure. She knows the U.S. govt is a rogue operator and how important it is for New Zealand to regain independence," Dotcom wrote.

He's also trying to put pressure on the upcoming decision, indicating over 20 law schools have declared interest to peer review the upcoming judgement in his case.

"Don’t underestimate the power of the Internet. It’s only the reputation of the New Zealand judiciary on the line, and yours. No pressure. Take your time," the tweet reads.

Dotcom's Case

Back in 2012, the US Department of Justice seized and shut down Megaupload.com, a file-hosting site, and started criminal cases against Kim Dotcom as well as others. The company's assets were frozen soon after, alongside Dotcom's art, cars, artworks, and more. Dotcom was arrested but was released on bail.

Then, the US requested extradition. This particular case has been a back and forth situation that has finally ended up on the table of the New Zealand Supreme Court.

The indictment states that Megaupload is different from other file storage businesses, so Dotcom and the other owners are responsible for what users were storing there. Furthermore, even as people infringed on copyright, their accounts were not terminated. They also claim that the network failed to remove child pornography even after it was identified.

Other accusations were brought as well, as Dotcom and his team risk decades in prison under charges of copyright infringement, racketeering, and money laundering.

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