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The Supreme Court of New Zealand, decided that the founder of the closed Megaupload portal, Kim Dotcom, can be extradited to the United States for 12 of the 13 charges that weigh on him, but ordered a review of a ruling issued in 2015 by a lower court.

New Zealand’s highest court ruled that if Dotcom and its former partners in Megaupload– Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk- fail in “the judicial review procedure, they may be extradited for all charges, except charge 3 (conspiracy to launder money)”, according to a statement from the Supreme Court.

The crimes against you

The Supreme Court’s decision extends the long legal battle of the computer scientist in German against his extradition, which began in January 2012 after being arrested, along with his three former associates, in the mansion he rented on the outskirts of Auckland, as part of an operation orchestrated by the US FBI that included the closure of Megaupload and the confiscation of your property.

All four are required for crimes related to organized crime and electronic fraud in the United States, where its authorities maintain that Megaupload illegally obtained income amounting to about 175 million dollars (150 million euros) for the accommodation of illegal material among its 50 million users.

Legal arguments

The judicial review that Dotcom and its former partners had initially requested for alleged procedural errors, is related to the court ruling local that gave the green light in 2015 to his extradition.

In their 194 folios ruling, the Supreme Court judges decided that the appeals court “He was wrong to maintain that the judicial review procedures were an abuse of process,” so he gave the parties until mid-December to deliver their arguments.

“The Supreme Court of New Zealand it found that the lower court made procedural errors and asked for allegations about how they affect the case, “Ira Rothken, US attorney for Dotcom, said on Twitter.

A political case

The American lawyer also explained in his message that his legal team will argue that the alleged “government misconduct”, should result in the extradition of Dotcom and his former partners being denied.

Once the matter of judicial review is resolved, it will be determined whether the four are extradited to the United States for 12 of the 13 charges that are accused, although the last word will be the New Zealand Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, who will be sworn in on Friday.

For his part, Dotcom’s lawyer in New Zealand, Ron Mansfield, stressed in a statement that a “final decision” has not yet been issued on what he considered a “political case” against your client.

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