A New Zealand Judge Dismisses Almost All of Kim Dotcom's Appeals Against Extradition

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s attempt to contest an extradition order to the United States hit a snag Friday, after a a New Zealand judge rejected seven of his eight grounds for appeal.

  Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in court after his hearing was moved from the North Shore District Court on September 21, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in court after his hearing was moved from the North Shore District Court on September 21, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, is challenging a decision by New Zealand’s high court, which in February granted the U.S. the right to extradite him over alleged money laundering and copyright infringements related to the now-defunct file sharing site he founded, Megaupload.

But on Friday a high court justice said the only one of Dotcom’s grounds for contesting the order — which include challenging the validity of police arrest warrants and New Zealand court orders — would stand.

That challenge — which the U.S. has not contested — relates to authorities in New Zealand making clones of electronic devices in his home and then sending them to the U.S.

Dotocom, an early internet millionaire, is notorious for his lavish lifestyle and political activism. He has been fighting extradition to the U.S. since 2012, according to the Herald.