It's official: the U.S. government wants to extradite four members of Megaupload to the United States for a litany of charges including racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering. On Friday U.S. prosecutors filed extradition requests against four New Zealand-based defendants – including founder Kim Dotcom.
US authorities will use a United Nations treaty related to fighting international organized crime to bring the four stateside. Crimes must carry at least a four year prison sentence to extradite a citizen somewhere else. Obviously the charges are enough to make an argument for extradition, but experts believe that a long fight is ahead before that happens. Some believe the extradition fight could go as far as New Zealand's Supreme Court.
The first extradition hearing has been scheduled for August 20.