Dotcom heads to court

  • 21/09/2015
Kim Dotcom is heading to court today to fight extradition (James Fyfe/3 News)
Kim Dotcom is heading to court today to fight extradition (James Fyfe/3 News)

By Zachary Kerr

Kim Dotcom is heading to court today to fight a battle which if he loses, could see him kicked out of the country.

A judge will decide whether there's a case for the internet entrepreneur to be extradited to face copyright infringement and racketeering charges in the US.

University of Canterbury law professor Chris Gallavin says Dotcom can still appeal if the judgement goes against him.

"This could be just another step in the on-going Dotcom saga, as opposed to the end of it for both him and the courts and all the rest of us. I'm sure that most New Zealanders are getting pretty sick of it."

Dotcom is being represented by high-profile criminal defence lawyer, Ron Mansfield.

Ahead of his exadition hearing Dotcom has gone to the Supreme Court twice- losing both times.


* Dotcom and his co-accused wanted the US to disclose all its evidence in its case against them ahead of the extradition hearing

* They said they had a right to see the full case against them

* The US has a case summary, which it argued was sufficient for the purposes of an extradition hearing

* The District Court and High Court had ruled the US should disclose all its evidence, but the Court of Appeal overturned those decisions

* Dotcom's legal team went to the Supreme Court, but judges upheld the Court of Appeal decision


* Then-chief High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled in June 2012 that police botched the search warrants used to raid Dotcom's home, making them invalid

* The raid was effectively deemed illegal and Dotcom and his lawyers went about trying to sue the New Zealand authorities involved

* Justice Winkelmann's ruling was challenged in the Court of Appeal and it ruled in early 2014 that while there were defects, they weren't enough to make the warrants invalid

* Dotcom went to the Supreme Court again, but it upheld the Court of Appeal's decision - the ruling was released two days before last Christmas