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Kim Dotcom Can Appeal for FBI Files, N.Z. Court Says

May 16 2013 3:47AM

German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom can appeal to see the US government files on his case, the New Zealand Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Dotcom is trying to overturn an earlier decision by the Court of Appeal that said full disclosure was not necessary in extradition cases, and that a summary of the case against a suspect in another jurisdiction was enough for a New Zealand court to decide.

"I am looking forward to the New Zealand Supreme Court review in our case and getting the discovery needed for a fair extradition hearing," he said on microblogging website Twitter.

Dotcom, a New Zealand permanent resident, and his co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk are on bail awaiting an extradition hearing on US government charges of internet piracy, money laundering and racketeering.

The extradition case was expected to be heard in August, but may now be postponed.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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