NZ Judge Rules U.S. Government Must Show Evidence in Megaupload Case

If the U.S. government thought they were going to skate right through the New Zealand Courts to bring Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom to America to face charges, they might have figured out that there are a few cracks in their plans.

One of the wrinkles is a denial of judicial review by the High Court, which upholds a ruling in May by Judge Harvey of the North Shore District Court. That ruling forces the U.S. government to show the evidence they are relying on to have Dotcom and his associates extradited to the United States. In addition law enforcement will have to reveal details of the covert operations and confidential discussions with rights holders that it had.

High Court Justice Helen Winkelmann dismissed the U.S. Government's application for a judicial review and said that Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants – Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk – would not be able to mount a proper defense in their extradition hearing without a full disclosure of evidence and other information to be used against them.

TorrentFreak has an extensive list of all of the documents and other materials that the U.S. government must now disclose here.

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