Kim Dotcom's lawyers have failed in their bid to have his extradition hearing halted and will begin their defence next week.
In a ruling issued today, Judge Nevin Dawson rejected applications to halt the hearing in which the United States are calling for Dotcom and his three co-accused to be sent to the US to faces numerous charges over their website Megaupload.
Dotcom's lawyers had earlier argued the FBI had prevented them from putting up a proper case by keeping them from hiring US experts.
But they also wanted to argue the New Zealand Government had acted unlawfully in aiding in Dotcom's arrest and had pushed for the extradition to gain favour with the US.
But Justice Dawson said he would not halt the case to hear the remaining applications in full.
He said the reasons behind his decision would be included in the final decision of the court.
Dotcom took to Twitter about the result.
"The obstacles the United States has put up to stop us from fighting back won't stop us. We won't be silenced by bullies," he said.
Dubbed the "Mega Conspiracy" by the FBI, US authorities allege Dotcom and his associates – Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk – were involved in an organised criminal enterprise – centred on copyright violation through website Megaupload – which earned them US$175 million.
If extradited and found guilty in the US, the four men face charges that carry decades of jail time.