Kim Dotcom wants his extradition hearing live streamed

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is this month appealing a decision that makes him eligible for extradition and he wants the proceedings to be live streamed.

In some countries this would be seen as an oddity but in New Zealand, where the appeal hearing will be held and where Dotcom is currently a resident, it isn’t.

“All courts nationwide allow cameras and the recording of proceedings, as long as there are no serious privacy breaches, compromising of witnesses, or risks to the right to a fair trial,” reports TorrentFreak.

The New Zealand Chief Justice requested a report from various district and high court judges outlining guidelines for recording in court. The report found that 93% of the judges that contributed had not experienced an instance where recording in court had not resulted in a fair trial.

However, according to Dotcom, the United States government, which has been trying to extradite him for years, doesn’t want the world to have access to the proceedings.

The Megaupload founder tweeted a day later saying:

And then a little later asked his 496 000+ followers whether they wanted to see his hearing live streamed.

At the time of writing its unclear whether we will be able to watch Dotcom fight extradition online but he has stated that if he loses the appeal he will take the matter to the Supreme Court.

All of this has to make you wonder whether the US government will ever get their hands on Dotcom.

[Via – TorrentFreak] [Image CC BY 2.0 jenipur13]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.