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Megaupload, Kim Dotcom Case Might Not Go To Trial, Reports Claim

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This just in: new info now puts to question whether Kim Dotcom, who ran file-sharing site Megaupload until its January bust, will have to stand trial.

TorrentFreak, citing the New Zealand Herald, noted that Dotcom “was never formally served with the appropriate paperwork by the US authorities” — which is necessary to start the trial.

That’s because foreign companies, according to Dotcom’s lawyer, can’t be readily served outside of U.S. jurisdiction.

What this means?

“I frankly don’t know that we are ever going to have a trial in this matter,” said a judge handling the case.

TorrentFreak points out that this wouldn’t be the first technical mistake on the part of law enforcement. A New Zealand High Court recently declared the seizure of Dotcom’s property “null and void” because of a botched court order.

The Herald reports that Dotcom’s arrest — and cops’ seizure of his art and autos — has cost the country’s taxpayers at least 70 grand.

Still unclear: how the judge’s recent statements will affect the U.S. Feds’ demands for Dotcom’s extradition.

After the file-sharing stalwart’s made-for-tabloid capture, they have been trying to bring him to America to face racketeering, money laundering, and copyright infringement charges.

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