Wellington, New Zealand (AP) — Transactions they made to avoid surrender In the United States, two men pleaded guilty on Wednesday for being involved in running the once very popular piracy website Megaupload in New Zealand.
A petition by Matthias Altman and Bram van der Cork at the Oakland High Court ended a decade of legal struggle to avoid being handed over to the United States on suspicion of including squirrels.
These accusations will be withdrawn under arrangements with prosecutors in both countries after the two are members of a criminal group in New Zealand and the artist has pleaded guilty to losing money due to deception. They have been released on bail until sentenced and face up to 10 years in prison.
The United States is about to hand over Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload. He also lives in New Zealand and states that he expects his former colleagues to testify to him.
Prosecutors say Megaupload raised at least $ 175 million before the FBI closed the site in early 2012 and arrested dot-com and other company executives.
Ortmann Told the news website staff After living in New Zealand for 10 years on bail, the pair firmly rooted in New Zealand and contributed to society through Mega, a legitimate cloud storage website that opened after their arrest.
“There is no point in sticking to these procedures anymore. We put them behind us and accept our responsibilities,” Altman said.
Van der Cork said they learned from their mistakes.
“We’ve been working incredibly hard on Mega. I strongly feel that our rehabilitation process started long ago,” he told staff.
Dotcom lawyers and other men have long argued that if someone was found guilty in this case, users of the site, rather than the founder, chose to pirate the material. However, prosecutors claimed that the man was an architect of a vast criminal enterprise.
Dotcom and two other men, once close friends, were arrested and then dropped out after working on a mega website.
U.S. prosecutors had previously withdrawn a bid to hand over to Finbatat, the fourth officer of a company arrested in New Zealand. Batato returned to Germany and died of cancer earlier this month.
In 2015, Estonian Megaupload computer programmer Andrus Nomm was convicted of attempting a felony copyright infringement and sentenced to a year and a day in US federal prison.
Last year, the New Zealand Supreme Court ruled that the trio could be handed over. However, the State’s Minister of Justice has not yet made a final decision on whether the delivery (currently only dotcom) will proceed.
Even that decision could be appealed and spend more time on the slow-moving New Zealand legal system.