June 14, 2017
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has effectively abandoned all hope of retrieving millions of dollars of capital, real estate and luxury goods after the US Justice Department formally filed an asset-forfeiture with the Supreme Court on Friday.
The case is unprecedented as Dotcom has never once stepped-foot on US soil. The US claim jurisdiction over Dotcom because his site Megaupload operated some servers from the US.
The Finnish-German tech entrepreneur’s bank accounts in New Zealand and Hong Kong were seized, as well as multiple cars, four jet skis, Dotcom’s mansion, several luxury cars, two 108-inch TVs, three 82-inch TVs, a $10,000 watch, and a photograph by Olaf Mueller worth more than $100,000.
Dotcom is currently on bail in New Zealand and fighting extradition to the US in a complex legal battle. He is therefore a fugitive under US law and unable to challenge the US Supreme Court under the Fugitive Disentitlement Doctrine.
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