Dearly departed piracy platform Megaupload won a crucial battle, today, against the US Government. A New Zealand court has ruled, in an 81-page decision, that all evidence against Kim "Dotcom" Schlitz and his Megaupload minions be disclosed, allowing for the defense to see the extent to which the US will be able to back up their criminal charges.
The prosecution had hoped to have the defendants extradited to the US, but Judge Harvey's ruling may have put a wrench their plans: full disclosure of all documents related to the alleged criminal acts, as held by the FBI and other US authorities — not just those in New Zealand — was ordered, to be delivered within no more than 21 days from today.
The charges against Megaupload include: engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering, and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.
A copy of Judge Harvey's decision appears in full, below. [TorrentFreak]
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