New Zealand's top court takes Kim Dotcom appeal as he seeks to avoid extradition to US

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal by Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three colleagues as they seek to avoid extradition to the United States.

The New Zealand Supreme Court made the ruling Thursday.

U.S. prosecutors shut down the file-sharing site last year. They accuse Megaupload executives of racketeering by facilitating massive copyright fraud. Dotcom says he's innocent and can't be held responsible for those who chose to use the site to illegally download songs or movies.

Dotcom and his colleagues had sought access to all the U.S. evidence against them. A lower court ruled in their favour but an appeals court overturned that ruling, saying extensive disclosure at the extradition stage would bog down the process and a summary of the U.S. case would suffice.

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: New Zealand, United States

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