U.S. Megaupload Judge Was Replaced Due to Disney Stake, Dotcom Says
Following the civil lawsuits against Megaupload in the US, the criminal case has been reassigned to a new judge as well. According to Kim Dotcom, District Court Judge Liam O’Grady was replaced after the defense complained about his financial ties to Disney, which is listed as a victim of Megaupload’s alleged crimes.
More than ten years after the shutdown of Megaupload, there have been some major developments relating to the criminal prosecution recently.
Two of the three remaining defendants, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, signed an agreement with authorities to be charged in New Zealand instead of the United States.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom wasn’t offered such a deal and is still wanted for extradition by the US Department of Justice. The U.S. prosecution has been on hold for years but there’s some movement on that front as well now.
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