Feds Push Extradition of Megaupload's Kim Dotcom
The Feds are moving forward with plans to extradite Kim Dotcom to the U.S. from New Zealand, filing court papers on Monday.
Cops brought down the Megaupload founder in January, nabbing him on charges relating to the file-sharing stalwart in a tumultuous, made-for-tabloid arrest -- that was coordinated in part by the country's anti-terror squad.
Kim had since been released on bail, beating U.S. demands that he return to jail.
But the Feds have not eased off Dotcom, and might prosecute his wife, Mona, who is pregnant with twins.
Just today comes Wired's news, however, that the U.S. government will definitely seek to extradite Dotcom and his business partners Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk, and Finn Batato.
The Justice Department has demanded that New Zealand law enforcement agents transfer the four men to the U.S. where they will be tried for racketeering, money laundering, and copyright infringement charges, Wired notes.
The Justice Department wouldn't give Wired a copy of the papers. Runnin' Scared will see whether we can get any more info. Check back for updates.
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