NEW ZEALAND'S JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS DECIDED, AFTER ALL THIS TIME, that is is fair to send citizen Kim Dotcom to the US and meet its extradition demands.
This is something that Dotcom has been fighting for some time, and we must admit that it has come as something of a shock to us. The case against Dotcom has been proved to be a bit lacking, and he does have the kind of legal backing that we would want in these circumstances.
The ruling is a murky one. It was delivered by the Auckland High Court and ruled that Dotcom could now be extradited to the United States due to allegations of wire fraud, copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering, and money laundering. He was found guilty of 13 counts in all.
However, the judge admitted that an earlier ruling, or which this was a review, was flawed in the first place because New Zealand does not have the kind of copyright laws that would make Dotcom a candidate for extradition.
Extradition Judgement in a nutshell:— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 20, 2017
We won but we lost anyway ⚖️🚽
Of course, Dotcom will be appealing against this, and does not expect to be travelling to the US anytime soon. A statement from his legal team makes this clear, explaining that the copyright thing is a problem, and that such a decision will have ramifications for all of New Zealand's ISPs.
The implication is that Dotcom is being done for fraud because of activities that Megaupload users carried out, that could apply to any ISP that has peer to peer type punters.
Dear New Zealand ISPs, based on today's High Court ruling you're Fraudsters. If your users engage in copyright infringement, call a lawyer.— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 20, 2017
"Whilst many have struggled to get beyond the United States' hype in this politically charged and misunderstood case, an objective observer will now realise that there is much more to this case than they were previously informed of from the District Court judgment," said Ron Mansfield, barrister.
"Whether Kim has committed an offence under New Zealand copyright law has finally now been answered in his favour; he has not. Whether our law should still permit him to be extradited to the United States under an Act that has no interest in copyright, is the question that remains now to be answered by our Courts. We say no and we are confident that this must be right." µ
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