Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, but its not that simple

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The Supreme Court in New Zealand has ruled that founder of Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, can be extradited to the US, but Dotcom may challenge that decision.

In a legal battle that is now been ongoing since 2012, Dotcom along with co-accused Matthias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato, may finally have to face the music in the US.

As you may be aware, Dotcom, Ortmann, van der Kolk and Batato face charges related to Megaupload

Before this ruling from New Zealand’s highest court, the so-called “Megaupload Four” have lost several appeals not to be extradited.

So what is different between this latest ruling and previous rulings?

The key difference here is that Dotcom’s legal team argued a decision to allow extradition back in 2015 was flawed. The problem was that calls for judicial review weren’t heard and now the Supreme Court has said that this was wrong.

This means that we are likely going to hear more arugments against extradition before Dotcom is forced to face the music in the US if that even happens at all.

Once that appeal process is complete however, the Megaupload Four will have no other options as of time of writing.

“This means there will be further argument in the Court of Appeal and/or the Supreme Court regarding these significant concerns that are well established in the evidence. This is significant and means that nothing further can happen until the further required hearings take place,” Dotcom’s lawyer Ron Mansfield told Torrent Freak.

Given the long list of court rulings stating the quartet should be extradited, we’re not sure Dotcom and his co-accused will find joy in their appeals but we’re not counting the possibility out just yet.

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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.

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