Kim Dotcom offers to surrender, face trial in U.S. without extradition

Kim Dotcom Piracy Case

Megaupload founder and accused piracy king Kim Dotcom has offered to forgo his delayed extradition trial and come to the U.S. to fight the charges against him and three others. Dotcom said on Twitter that the Department of Justice must meet certain ground rules first, however. “Hey DOJ, we will go to the US. No need for extradition,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site. “We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses.” The offer comes a day after a New Zealand court delayed an extradition hearing until March due to ongoing legal hearings regarding the seizure of evidence from an illegal raid on Dotcom’s mansion. “We are not expecting to hear back regarding the offer and I remain committed to fighting extradition in New Zealand,” he added. Dotcom and three others — Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk — were charged with racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering, however they haven’t admitted to any wrongdoing. Despite the charges against him, Dotcom has vowed that Megaupload will return.

[Via The Guardian]

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