The country’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday morning that a judicial review would determine whether Dotcom – born Kim Schmitz – and three co-defendants will face extradition on 12 counts linked to copyright infringement, paving the way for their possible hand-over to the US. However, the judge also ruled the four are not eligible for surrender on the basis of a money laundering charge, leaving only the IP violations.
“For the Dotcom team, and especially for Kim and his family, it is a mixed bag,” the entrepreneur’s legal team said about the ruling in a statement. “There is no final determination that he is to go to the United States. However, the Court has not accepted our important copyright argument and in our view has made significant determinations that will have an immediate and chilling impact on the Internet.”
We welcome the opportunity to take the United States to task on its prosecution and management of this request for extradition. This has been a political case and the United States have sought to thwart Mr Dotcom running any meaningful factual defence to it.
Statement in response to ‘mixed bag’ Supreme Court decision and the impact for New Zealand ISPs:https://t.co/QgJl11KOEl
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) November 3, 2020
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