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US Supreme Court declines MegaUpload assets case

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All avenues to reclaim seized MegaUpload assets by Kim Dotcom and the prolonged defunct file swap site’s completely different founders have now been exhausted inside the US, after the nation’s Supreme Court decided to not hear the case. However, Dotcom’s licensed rep Ira Rothken says that they could now focus their efforts on courts in New Zealand and Hong Kong, the place lots of the assets are actually held.

As quite a bit beforehand reported, MegaUpload was taken down in a raid co-ordinated by US and New Zealand authorities in 2012. An estimated $67 million of assets have been seized, loads of which keep inside the palms of the authorities whereas Dotcom and his associates fight extradition to the States. Various efforts have been made to have the assets launched inside the American courts, largely based mostly totally on claims that the MegaUpload workers have falsely been labelled “fugitives” by US authorities.

Dotcom’s attorneys argue that their shopper should not be a fugitive, and that he is merely combating America’s extradition efforts in New Zealand in accordance with the two nations’ extradition treaty – as is his correct.

The case has been by way of quite a few appeals, with the courts for primarily probably the most half siding with the US authorities. Earlier this yr, Dotcom’s attorneys launched plans to take the case to the Supreme Court, saying that if the best court docket docket knocked once more the case, or confirmed the lower court docket docket rulings, it would “weaponise fugitive disentitlement in order to claim assets abroad”.

Following the Supreme Court’s selection not the hear the case, Dotcom’s licensed rep Ira Rothken suggested Torrentfreak: “We are disappointed in the US Supreme Court’s denial of the ‘cert petition’ – it is a bad day for due process and international treaties. Kim Dotcom has never been to the United States, is presumed innocent, and is lawfully opposing extradition under the US/New Zealand Treaty – yet the US, by merely labelling him as a fugitive, gets a judgment to take all of his assets with no due process”.

However, he added, this is not the last word step of their makes an try and get these assets once more, saying: “The New Zealand and Hong Kong courts, who have authority over the assets, will now need to weigh in on this issue and we are cautiously optimistic that they will take a dim view of the Fugitive Disentitlement Doctrine and oppose US efforts to seize such assets”.

While that’s all taking place, Dotcom et al proceed their efforts to stay away from being extradited from New Zealand to the US.

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