Court examines FBI's Dotcom evidence

  • 28/09/2015
Kim Dotcom (3 News)
Kim Dotcom (3 News)

Lawyers seeking the extradition of Kim Dotcom are set to continue taking a court through hundreds of pages of FBI evidence against the internet mogul and his colleagues.

Judge Nevin Dawson is hearing evidence in Auckland District Court on whether Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk should be surrendered to US authorities.

On Monday, lawyers for the US are expected to continue explaining the intricacies of the prolific Megaupload file-sharing website and signs they allege point to an intentional criminal operation.

Last week, Christine Gordon QC argued the company encouraged piracy and tried to present an innocent front while deceiving copyright owners.

She also read a long series of recorded conversations between the group, arguing they revealed they knew the business was criminal in nature and feared authorities coming for them.

The men face charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, wire fraud and two kinds of criminal copyright infringement based on an FBI investigation going back to 2010.

If extradited and found guilty in the US, they face decades of jail time.

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