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US agrees to trial former Megaupload partners in New Zealand

Sydney (Australia), May 10 (EFE) .- Two former associates of the missing MegaUpload portal, wanted by the United States since 2012 for alleged involvement in the world’s biggest hacking scandal, have agreed to stand trial in New Zealand. Local media this Tuesday.

In exchange for facing legal proceedings in New Zealand for 13 charges, the computer scientists will no longer be extradited to the United States, as the New Zealand judiciary has firmly established, lawyers for Bram van der Kolk and Matthias Ortmann said in a statement. , among them computer hacking and money laundering, public station Radio New Zealand collects.

“Once these allegations are resolved by the New Zealand courts, the United States will withdraw its extradition proceedings against us,” the two former Megaupload partners said in a statement quoted by the NewsTalk NZ portal, adding that “there is still a process ahead”.

Apart from these two former partners, the North American country initially tried to try the two other founders of the closed download portal, Kim Dotcom and Finn Patado, on its territory, but last year the US withdrew the extradition request for the following. A serious health problem.

“I am the last man standing in this fight and I will continue to fight because, unlike my co-criminals, I will not accept the injustice done to us. If I have to go to jail for what MegaUpload users have done to us, I will continue to fight. On the site, many CEOs of major tech companies like me. Are in the same boat,” Dotcom denied on Twitter.

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New Zealand Justice Minister Chris Fafoy has put the decision to extradite the dotcoms into his own hands after the Supreme Court ruled in December 2021 that conditions for extradition were met for 12 of the 13 charges against them.

US authorities noted in 2012 that Megaupload generated around 175 million dollars (150 million euros at the exchange rate of that date) in illegal income from hosting illegal material among its 50 million users. EFE