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Kim Dotcom runs into a legal dead endThe founder of Megaupload tries to stop the seizure of millions of dollars worth of assets by the US government, but the nation's highest court rejects his bid.
The US Supreme Court refuses to hear Kim Dotcom's case. In 2012, Kim Dotcom was indicted for copyright infringement and money laundering. The indictment claims Dotcom and his companies harmed copyright holders in excess of $500 million. Dotcom was behind Megaupload, a file storage service. In a civil forfeiture case, which is separate from the criminal case, a US district court allowed the US government. To seize millions of dollars from Dotcoms account in Hong Kong and in New Zealand by using a statute known as fugitive disentitlement. Think of fugitive disentitlement this way. The person who is being charged no longer is entitled to defend their claims to their property because that person is evading the U.S. court system. Dotcom is in New Zealand where he is fighting extradition to the United States. A US Federal Appeals court ruling affirmed the district court's decision that allowed the US government to seize assets. Dotcom tried to bring the case to the US Supreme Court, however the Supreme Court said it would not take this case on appeal. Dotcom tweeted that the US Supreme Court has just rendered international treaties with the US meaningless. Dotcom's lawyer, Ira Rothken, issued a statement saying, Kim Dotcom has never been to the United States. It's presumed innocent, and is lawfully opposing extradition. Rothken also said, the New Zealand and Hong Kong courts will now need to weigh in on the issue. For more coverage, check out cnet.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar, and I'll see you online.