Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is facing extradition to the U.S. after a New Zealand court upheld a previous decision (PDF) that he and business associates could face charges there.
High Court judge Murray Gilbert did rule in favor of one of Dotcom’s arguments, as he agreed that New Zealand had no “copyright” crime equivalent to that in the U.S. which could be used to activate the extradition treaty between the countries. The judge otherwise agreed with the previous ruling, however, including that fraud and racketeering charges do apply, and therefore Dotcom can be extradited anyway.
Dotcom told the New Zealand Herald in an interview that the ruling is a “major victory,” and predicted that legal wrangles could keep him in the country for another two years. To that end, Dotcom also said that he plans to appeal the ruling. Judge Gilbert deliberated for five months before delivering the ruling Monday.
Meanwhile, hardware holding evidence in the case continues to collect dust, and possibly “frozen drive heads.” The U.S. Department of Justice filed charges against Dotcom and his co-defendants and shut down Megaupload in 2012.