Megaupload Judge: Show Evidence Before We Extradite

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The U.S. Justice Department wants Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom extradited to face piracy charges for allegedly making millions in illegal profits from the site’s operation. Dotcom, currently in New Zealand is fighting the extradition and recently, the U.S.’s effort to bring Dotcom to what they see as justice faced another problem.

A New Zealand judge has ruled that U.S. authorities must provide piracy evidence to Kim Dotcom before any extradition can take place. According to Wired.com, the court established that Dotcom’s side would come across as “significantly constrained” if not provided with the information.

A prior setback occurred in June when a judge ruled that authorities’ raid on Dotcom’s  New Zealand home was illegal. ““The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related,” commented Helen Winkelmann, a New Zealand high court judge at the time, according to the BBC.

Doctom was apprehended in January. His extradition hearing won’t occur until March. Meanwhile, the Meguapload founder has maintained his innocence in the case. In a January CNET report, attorney Ira Rothken who represents Megaupload insisted that the case was not much unlike copyright violations initially made against video streaming site YouTube. Meanwhile, the next extradition hearing on the matter will not occur until March.

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