New Zealand Court Rejects Kim Dotcom US Extradition Appeal

Kim Dotcom at his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland in 2016

Kim Dotcom at his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland in 2016

Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom's new life in Queenstown may be cut short following a judge's ruling he can be extradited to the United States.

The launch comes as Dotcom continues to face extradition to the United States on copyright and racketeering charges in relation to his file sharing site, Megaupload. Mr Dotcom says he will take his case to the Supreme Court.

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

But he has suffered a number of reversals since the District Court ruled in 2015 that he could be extradited, with Dotcom vowing to fight every step of the way.

The charges relate to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload. The precedent set is concerning and has ramifications in New Zealand outside my case. The case, which can still be appealed, has now passed through three courts. The court pointed to several court decisions and government reports that had drawn no distinction between physical and digital copies in interpreting this provision of the law.

"We are satisfied New Zealand law permits extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case", said the court's decision, by Justices Kós, French and Miller.

He used the wealth generated from his website to fund a lavish lifestyle of racing cars and luxury yachts before moving to New Zealand in 2010. If extradited and found guilty in the U.S., the quartet could face decades in jail.

He was arrested in New Zealand in 2012 during a dramatic police raid on his mansion and incarcerated for a month before being released on bail.

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

Mr Dotcom argues that he can not be held responsible for others who chose to use his site for illegal purposes, and that any case against him should have been heard in civil court.

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