Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States
Good morning dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, we will talk about Kim Dotcom and possible extradition to the USA.
A few days ago, Kim Dotcom said that he expects that the Supreme Court of New Zealand will decide in favor of extradition to the United States.
Who is Kim Dotcom:
Kim Dotcom is the founder of Megaupload but says he has confidence in at least one jury judge, “the U.S. government is a dishonest state,” he said.
Dotcom court, the now famous Megaupload case has faced a tortuous legal path for more than eight years in New Zealand.
The U.S. government wants Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be physically delivered as soon as possible, and face what has been billed as the biggest copyright infringement lawsuit of all time.
After several lower courts have ruled that the Megaupload defendants should actually be extradited to the United States, the “Megaupload Four” hope that the highest court in the country will see things differently and deny the United States the opportunity to try the men on American soil.
“I expect a majority of 3 to 2 in favor of extradition because three of the five judges were appointed by the National Party and the former Attorney General, responsible for the actions taken against me in New Zealand. This is a political case and will most likely be a political judgment,” said Kim Dotcom.
A specific date for the end and judgment is pending, but if Dotcom’s presence and activity on social media is very high, it could end. However, more than 12 months later, Dotcom does not believe that much will have changed in its favor.
“I believe in New Zealand Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Winkelmann. She knows what her fellow judges are doing and why. She understands the injustice my family has had to suffer. You know that the U.S. government is a rogue trader and how important it is for New Zealand to regain independence,” said Dotcom.
Dotcom is demanding that the ruling be subjected to intense legal scrutiny before any judgment, and Kim is lobbying to ensure that whatever the outcome, the judges’ reasoning, if any, is subjected to intense scrutiny.
In a tweet, Dotcom urged law professors to have their students review the Supreme Court decision, with the full support of his legal team in case of data requests. He then sent another communication, this time directed to the judges handling his case.
“Dear Supreme Court justices, over 20 law schools have declared their interest in reviewing your upcoming ruling in my case. Do not underestimate the power of the Internet. It is only the reputation of the New Zealand judiciary at stake, and yours, no pressure. Take your time,” Kim said.
Dotcom has long insisted that the New Zealand government continue to withhold information to which its team is legally entitled, arguing that releasing that information would damage the country’s position vis-à-vis the United States. This means that citizens’ rights under the Privacy Act are overshadowed when the U.S. government needs something.
Finally, there is the important issue of the Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008. Dotcom states that, following the ruling, the editors of the law “will explain the intention of the law and how it protects Internet service providers such as Megaupload from any criminal liability for the conduct of users”. Dotcom believes that the law is on its side.
Clearly, there is a lot at stake, but even if Dotcom’s extradition is confirmed, the New Zealand Minister of Justice Andrew Little will still have to approve the physical removal of the entrepreneur and his transfer to custody in the United States. Should this happen, the “Megaupload Four” will be accused of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering, plus the possibility of years / decades in prison.
That is all, to a next article.
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