World New Zealand Court of Appeal rules Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to U.S.

02:50  05 july  2018
02:50  05 july  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand court ruled on Monday that internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to his Megaupload website, which was shutdown in 2012 following an FBI-ordered raid on his Auckland mansion.

The high court in New Zealand has ruled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States to face a multitude of charges including money laundering and copyright breaches. US authorities had appealed for Dotcom ’ s extradition to face 13 charges including allegations of

a man riding on the back of a truck: German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom arrives for a court hearing in Auckland, New Zealand © REUTERS/Nigel Marple German tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom arrives for a court hearing in Auckland, New Zealand The New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that internet entrepreneur and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face racketeeing and criminal copyright charges.

The court's written decision rejected Dotcom's appeal and upheld a lower court ruling in 2017 that the extradition could take place.

U.S. authorities say Dotcom and three co-accused Megaupload executives cost film studios and record companies more than $500 million and generated more than $175 million by encouraging paying users to store and share copyrighted material.

Dotcom's lawyer said that his client would appeal the decision in the country's highest judiciary body, the Supreme Court.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield and Leika Kihara; Editing by Darren Schuettler)

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