Kim Dotcom Loses Bid Before N.Z. Court to Access U.S. EvidenceTracy Withers
Kim Dotcom, facing extradition to the U.S. from New Zealand on charges of copyright infringement at his Megaupload group of companies, lost a court challenge seeking access to all the evidence against him.
Dotcom and three colleagues were unsuccessful in an appeal to New Zealand’s Supreme Court, according to a 123-page decision posted today on the court’s website. Four of five judges on the nation’s highest panel ruled against the appeal. Chief Justice Sian Elias dissented.
U.S. authorities have provided a summary of evidence they hold against Dotcom to pursue the extradition, according to an e-mailed release from the court. Dotcom argued that the summary was inadequate and sought full disclosure of the documents and records the U.S. holds.
A New Zealand District Court agreed that the evidence be disclosed, backed by a subsequent High Court hearing. The Court of Appeal then quashed that order, leading to the final appeal to the Supreme Court.