A New Zealand court has found in favor of Kim Dotcom’s attempt to halt the American government forfeiture of his New Zealand-held assets.
The Wednesday decision by the High Court of New Zealand, Auckland Registry, essentially found that because Dotcom lost the civil forfeiture case by default judgment in March 2015, under an American legal theory known as the “doctrine of fugitive disentitlement,” and that New Zealand law did not recognize such a concept, then his assets should not be handed over. In recent months, the American government has tried to work with its New Zealand counterparts to have this forfeiture enforced.
“This is a blow to the [United States government] strategy designed to starve me out,” Dotcom, the embattled Megaupload founder, e-mailed Ars early Wednesday morning.
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