Kim Dotcom Can Be Extradited to U.S., Court Rules

Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom

The court's written decision rejected Dotcom's appeal and upheld a lower court ruling in 2017 that the extradition could take place.

New Zealand's Court of Appeal has ruled that Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is eligible for extradition to the United States. If handed over to the United States, he and his three co-defendants will face charges of copyright infringement and fraud that resulted in damages to record and film studios to the tune of over $500 million.

"My legal team are confident that the Supreme Court will hear the appeal given there are such significant legal issues at stake", Dotcom said in a statement.

"Many important cases in New Zealand are not won in the Court of Appeal, or in the Courts below, but are won when they reach the Supreme Court".

While, from the legal point of view, Dotcom's future is looking bleaker and his surrender to the United States is looking more likely, just several months ago Dotcom declared his extradition case was over. "I will appeal to the Supreme Court".


"An extradition hearing is not a trial".

The latest ruling does not determine whether the defendants are guilty or innocent, merely that they can be sent to the U.S. to stand trial.

This year, Dotcom also tried and failed to have former US President Barack Obama served with a subpoena and forced to give evidence in a New Zealand court over a damages claim for the streaming website.

Dotcom argued that Obama could give evidence directly material to his proceeding, the objective of the US' prosecution against him and its dealings with New Zealand authorities. He changed his last name to Dotcom in 2012. At one point he lived in a Hong Kong hotel, before being granted permanent residency in New Zealand in 2010.

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