Kim Dotcom has suffered a setback in his long-standing fight against extradition to the US.
The Court of Appeal upheld Thursday a High Court decision that said the internet entrepreneur and three co-accused are eligible for surrender to US authorities.
The Court of Appeal said that the final decision on whether Dotcom and the other accused should be extradited now rests with Minister of Justice Andrew Little. It said that the US has provided sufficient evidence to support its range of extradition options.
Dotcom said he will appeal the decision.
“We are disappointed with today’s judgment. We will seek review with the N.Z. Supreme Court,” tweeted Ira Rothken, Dotcom’s lawyer.
Dotcom’s legal woes stem from Megaupload.com, his now-shuttered file-sharing site. At its peak, the site accounted for 4% of the world’s internet traffic. Authorities in the US claim that the site netted its backers US$175m in illicit profits.
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