Wellington - The legal saga over the extradition of former internet mogul Kim Dotcom was set for a final showdown at a five-day appeal hearing that began in New Zealand's Supreme Court on Monday.
In December 2015 Auckland's District Court ruled that Dotcom, founder of the file-sharing service Megaupload, and his associates were eligible for extradition to the United States to face criminal charges including conspiracy to commit racketeering, copyright infringement, money laundering and wire fraud.
The decision was upheld by the country's High Court in February 2017 and the Court of Appeal in June 2018.
If the Supreme Court should find that Dotcom as well as associates Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk are eligible for extradition, the final decision still lies with New Zealand's Justice Minister.
Dotcom wrote on Twitter on Monday, "in 2005 I created a website that allowed people to upload files to the cloud.