In December, Judge Nevin Dawson ruled there was a case to answer in the copyright violation, money laundering and racketeering charges brought by the US government against the Megaupload founders: Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.
After 10 weeks of hearings and many hundreds of pages of submissions in the Auckland District Court, the “overwhelming preponderance” of evidence against the men established a prima facie case, Judge Dawson said, with all four eligible for extradition on all counts.
The four were charged by the US government in 2012 of conspiracy to operate websites used to distribute copyrighted material illegally.
All maintain they are innocent but the FBI says they generated $US175 million in criminal proceeds.
They are appealing their case before Justice Raynor Asher in an eight-week fixture.
This Monday it is all on, and it will continue for nearly two months. No doubt there will be a reserved decision, so we may not really know what will happen to our jolly “Internet entrepreneur” until December or later.
You have to feel for poor Asher J.
To be in the same room with Mr Dotcom for eight hours would be bad enough. Eight weeks will be torture, especially as it will involve the most obscure legal arguments known to man.