THE UNITED STATES federal government is closing in on Kim Dotcom with the filing of a request in a New Zealand court to extradite the Megaupload founder and three of his colleagues.
The four face charges of hosting copyrighted material on Megaupload's servers.
The kiwi outfit Crown Law, which actually operates as a government department with the country's Solicitor General as its chief executive, has already had Dotcom and his mates arrested.
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, a Crown Law spokeswoman confirmed that the papers had been filed on behalf of the US government in the North Shore District Court.
The move comes after a series of raids on Dotcom's rented New Zealand house and other properties thought to have been used by the Megaupload crew.
Should the extradition be successful Washington will throw the book at Dotcom together with his pals Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato. They face serious charges in addition to copyright violations, including racketeering and money laundering.
An extradition hearing is expected to be scheduled for sometime in August. µ
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He also stands accused of taping songs off the radio and jaywalking