Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

  • Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom loses bid to avoid USA extradition

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has lost his bid to avoid extradition to the United States.

The six-year legal saga is widely seen as a test for how far the United States can reach globally to apply American firms' intellectual property rights.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom smiles as he takes part in the launch of his new website at a press conference at his mansion in Auckland on January 20, 2013.

The Court of Appeal released its finding today, upholding the decision of the High Court and District Court.

Dotcom is the flamboyant founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, which was shut down by the USA government in 2012.

"An extradition hearing is not a trial".

Dotcom's lawyers said they would appeal the Thursday decision before New Zealand's highest judicial body. "It is held to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to commit a person for trial on a qualifying offence", the court said in its ruling.

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.

In its ruling on Thursday, the Court of Appeal argued that the U.S. case was warranted, as it relied on "available extradition pathways" propped up by "sufficient evidence".

If the Supreme Court accepts the case, it would be the final appeal through the courts for Dotcom.

"The United States relied on a range of extradition pathways in seeking the extradition of the appellants".

"We are satisfied New Zealand law permits extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case", said the court's decision, by Justices Kós, French and Miller.

At one point he lived in a Hong Kong hotel, before being granted permanent residency in New Zealand in 2010.

Dozens of black-clad police raided Dotcom's mansion in 2012, breaking him out of a safe room and confiscating millions of dollars in cash and property, including a fleet of luxury cars, computers and art work.