New Zealand judge upholds Kim Dotcom extradition ruling

"Whether our law should still permit him to be extradited to the United States under an Act that has no interest in copyright, is the question that remains now to be answered by our Courts".

Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, founded Megaupload in 2005, which allowed users to unscrupulously post files such as movies and television shows.

Dotcom, a German with permanent residency in New Zealand, faces decades in jail if convicted in the United States of piracy.

Mansfield labelled Monday's decision "extremely disappointing", but he said Dotcom has proved a crucial legal point that could stop his extradition.

High Court judge Justice Murray Gilbert found Monday that the district court made mistakes in its ruling but that those didn't alter the big picture.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. He was arrested in New Zealand in 2012 after a dramatic police raid on his mansion.

A District Court decision in December 2015 found that Dotcom and his co-accused are eligible for extradition.

It is almost five years since Dotcom, a self-described "internet freedom fighter", was arrested in a dramatic police raid on his mansion near Auckland after the Federal Bureau of Investigation shut down Megaupload's servers.

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