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MegaUpload evidence debate back in New Zealand court

By | Published on Thursday 20 September 2012


The ongoing and increasingly tedious MegaUpload case returned to court in New Zealand this week, where the US is still trying to fight a ruling that it must share all of the evidence it has amassed against the MegaUpload company, and its founder Kim ‘Dotcom’ Schmitz, with the defence.

America, of course, is trying to extradite Dotcom and other former MegaUpload execs living in New Zealand to face charges of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering. The extradition hearing had originally been set for August, but was postponed into 2013 because of various outstanding issues, including the dispute over evidence sharing.

Dotcom was in attendance at this week’s court hearing, though was not actively involved in the proceedings. The US again presented its argument as to why it should not have to hand over all of its evidence, which includes millions of emails, for the extradition hearing, mainly on the basis that such a hearing is not a full trial. The New Zealand court is expected to rule on the matter in the next few weeks.