Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US, New Zealand court rules

Kim Dotcom speaks while Bram van der Kolk looks on during an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House

GETTY IMAGES Kim Dotcom speaks while Bram van der Kolk looks on during an Intelligence and Security Committee hearing at Bowen House in 2013

New Zealand has moved a step closer toward extraditing Kim Dotcom, after the Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday in favor of the United States case.

In addition to Dotcom, who founded Megaupload and was its biggest shareholder, the U.S.is also seeking to extradite former Megaupload officers Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

Despite his third failure in the New Zealand courts, Dotcom seems to be confident that the Supreme Court, the court of last resort in his case, will take his side.

"We have now been to three courts each with a different legal analysis", Rothken wrote on Twitter.

He said the court's interpretation of the relevant copyright provisions can not be right, and the precedent set has ramifications in New Zealand outside his case.

If extradited to the USA, the internet entrepreneur would face charges of racketeering and copyright infringement over his now defunct file-sharing platform Megaupload. It has been called the "Mega conspiracy" after several companies allegedly facilitated, encouraged and profited from significant mass infringement of copyright.

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.

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The group lost their case in the North Shore District Court in 2015 and has now lost appeals to the High Court and the Court of Appeal. "I will appeal to the Supreme Court".

The decision whether to extradite Dotcom now rests with New Zealand's Justice Minister Andrew Little, however Dotcom has indicted he'll apply for leave to appeal Thursday's ruling at New Zealand's Supreme Court.

"An extradition hearing is not a trial".

Instead, a panel of three judges backed the FBI-led case, which began with a raid on Dotcom's Auckland mansion in January 2012 and has dragged on for more than six years.

Dotcom disputed the court's interpretation of copyright provisions.

In a tweet sent during the past day, Dotcom said his "global legal team", comprised of 20 lawyers from New Zealand, United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Germany, has worked on his case.

Was all of the above done to me and my family against the law?

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