Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom wins New Zealand court battle

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Mar 2018 12:14pm

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom wins New Zealand court battle

Wellington (New Zealand): Termed eccentric by a large section of media ,Kim Dotcom, founder of file sharing site Megaupload , has won a major court battle in his ongoing fight against his extradition from New Zealand to the US on the charges of fraud.New Zealand’s Human Rights Review Tribunal not only stayed the extradition but also awarded him damages of 90,000 New Zealand dollars (£46,000) as the tribunal ruled that his privacy was interfered with by the state.

The German-born founder of file sharing site Megaupload won a case in  on privacy grounds after a request he made for information the government held on him was denied by the attorney general.

Dotcom described the judgment on twitter as a “Big Win” and said “This is a great victory. I am really happy”.He also argued that his tribunal victory meant that his long-running fight against extradition had come to an end.

“What does the Human Rights Tribunal Judgement mean for my Extradition case? It is OVER! By unlawfully withholding information that could have helped my case the former Attorney General of New Zealand has perverted the course of Justice,” he said.

Dotcom faces charges of fraud in the US which has been trying to extradite him from New Zealand since his arrest in 2012.

Megaupload was a file sharing site which ran between 2005 and 2012 until its seizure by US authorities.

Dotcom has denied the charges and argued that as he had neither visited, worked or had a company based in the US he should not be extradited there.

Tagged: New Zealand   USA   Extradition   Megaupload  
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