WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost a ruling in New Zealand's highest court as part of his legal battle to avoid extradition to the United States.
Dotcom founded the file-sharing site Megaupload, which U.S. prosecutors shut down in 2012. Prosecutors accuse him and colleagues of racketeering by facilitating the widespread illegal downloading of songs and movies. Dotcom argues he can't be held responsible for those who chose to use his site for illegitimate purposes.
In its ruling Friday, New Zealand's Supreme Court denied a bid by Dotcom and three colleagues to have access to all the U.S. evidence against them at their July extradition hearing.
The court agreed with a previous ruling that extensive disclosure could bog down the process and a summary of the U.S. case would suffice.