kim dot com top Megauploads Kim Dotcom extradition update

The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker, and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the U.S. may not happen.

The case against Kim Dotcom has just gotten a little weaker, and there may be a slim possibility that his extradition to the U.S. may not happen.

We reported earlier that New Zealand’s High court ruled that the FBI’s warrants for searching and seizing of Dotcom’s properties were “invalid.”  In the ruling, the court determined that the warrants were too vague and that they didn’t specifically state any evidence or offenses against Dotcom’s Megaupload site. 

Dotcom’s lawyer, Ira Rothken, told a radio station in New Zealand that his client has been violated not only once but twice during the search and seize process.  Rothken is defending his client’s innocence by saying that Megaupload is used for storage and that Dotcom is not directly involved in the distribution of any copyrighted materials.  Secondly, after New Zealand’s High court verdict, Rothken claims that the FBI’s seizure of Dotcom’s properties was wrongful because “they weren’t allowed to.”

Under New Zealand law, extradition requires that a person must be punishable by jail sentence in both of the countries.  Therefore, if somehow Dotcom manages to wiggle his way out of jail sentence in New Zealand then his extradition to the U.S. may not happen.  The New Zealand High court ruling is a small victory for Dotcom and company, but he and his supporters still have long ways to go.

Source: reuters.com