New Zealand court rejects Kim Dotcom's appeal over United States extradition

Kim Dotcom speaks while Bram van der Kolk looks on during an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom lost an appeal in a New Zealand court against extradition to the USA over fraud charges.

The charges are related to Mr Dotcom's now defunct fire-sharing website Megaupload, which allowed millions of people to download digital content.

In addition to Dotcom, who founded Megaupload and was its biggest shareholder, the U.S. is also seeking to extradite former Megaupload officers Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

Andrew Little, New Zealand's justice minister, will now decide whether the extradition to the U.S. will go ahead following a final appeal by Mr Dotcom.

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.

They deny the accusations and have been fighting hard against extradition, arguing that Megaupload was simply a file-sharing website and that they shouldn't be blamed for what others were uploading to it. The case, which can still be appealed, has now passed through three courts.

If found guilty, they could face decades in prison.

"The court's interpretation of the relevant copyright provisions can not be right".

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Dotcom, who was granted New Zealand residency in 2010, was arrested two years later in a dramatic mansion raid.

He said the precedent set is concerning, and has ramifications in New Zealand outside of his case.

In the same year, his New Zealand manssion was raided by armed police teams assisted by the American FBI.

"We have now been to three courts each with a different legal analysis", Mr Rothken wrote on Twitter.

The Court of Appeal said Thursday that Dotcom and three co-accused had failed in their attempt to overturn a High Court decision that they were eligible for surrender to the USA, according to a judgment posted on the Court website.

"Therefore it has the value of toilet paper", he tweeted. The decision exposes Internet Service Providers to criminal liability for the misuse of their services by users, as it [claims] against me.

The group can seek leave to appeal the Court of Appeal's judgement to the Supreme Court.

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