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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Wants KickassTorrents Operator Extradition

US Wants KickassTorrents Operator Extradition

US Wants KickassTorrents Operator Extradition

Added: Monday, September 19th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
The United States has just sent notice to Polish authorities informing them that it wants to extradite 30-year-old Artyom Vaulin, the alleged operator of KickassTorrents. The latter’s defense team warns that the case is turning into an international, because Artyom is still not allowed to meet his US counsel.

Two months ago, the alleged founder of KickassTorrents was arrested in Poland and put in a local prison. He is still there, and now the US wants to get him. Polish authorities acted on a criminal complaint from the American government, which accused the Ukrainian of criminal copyright infringement and money laundering.

Last month Artyom was indicted together with 2 co-conspirators, whose fate remains unknown. As for Vaulin, the US government officially requests his extradition. Artyom’s US counsel is Ira Rothken, who is also a legal representative of Kim Dotcom. He especially highlighted a crucial issue: it’s been almost two months after the arrest, but Vaulin still hasn’t been allowed to meet with his US defense team. Although he is allowed to meet with his Polish lawyer, Ira Rothken claims that this is not enough, because the case deals with a US law.

This problem applies to the US case and affects the extradition process and proceedings, which have just begun: despite Vaulin’s defense team exhausting every option they have to arrange a meeting with the US counsel, all their requests have been rejected. As a result, the defense is going to raise the issue in court and hopes to have the case dismissed due to these process problems.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.

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Date:  Monday, September 19th, 2016

Comments (14) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2016-09-19 16:14:49)
loser911 avatarLast I knew Poland wasn't a state of America, The us government can suck a big one & cry back home screw you Hollywood you'll never prevail worthless snakes!

posted by (2016-09-19 22:12:09)
No avatarThe US government will do everything they can to control all the people in the world. They will bring pressure financially, or threaten poland in any way they can to get him extradited. They want everyone to fear them. Corporations rule the US and if you "steal" from them, or expose them, they will want you to be locked up in their system as a "lesson" to everyone else. Rule the world by fear and debt is their way.

posted by (2016-09-19 22:56:50)
loser911 avatarThat's exactly how they look at it! Greed is greater than ever today I hope those ball suckers die soon they are nothing but bloody leaches that need to be stepped & pisses on . . .

posted by ModeratorTrusted UploaderET junkieET loverSupermanSunTurtle (2016-09-20 00:30:32)
Cat avatarEasy to say F&^% The USA - but thats the last thing you'd be saying in this guy's shoes. You'd be crying like a baby just like he is. Just trying to avoid getting ass raped by a 350 lb guy named Viktor is some polish jail

posted by (2016-09-20 02:51:12)
loser911 avatarHe will prevail I got faith in him. That was a nice organized site for torrents I miss KAT already like badly that was like my playground in a sense

posted by (2016-09-20 04:33:32)
hasslesaf avatarI would say how could they prosecute, he isn't a US Citizen. How can they prosecute under US law a non-citizen? I'm from the US, I don't agree with this at all. If you don't live here they shouldn't be able to say crap to you. And even if he hosted a site full of movies and music from the US it doesn't matter they were released to the public, after that its fare game...

copyright law shouldn't apply to products that are played for free on Radio or TV. software>> IDK i dont buy anything I use Linux no need but still.......

posted by (2016-09-20 05:30:54)
satanpol avatarA country can most certainly prosecute non-citizens for breaking their laws. They can do it in absentia or if they brokered an extradition treaty or an ad hoc extradition agreement...it's just paperwork. Any case, no matter what country and whether it results in a conviction or an acquittal, can proceed without the consent of the accused or their current country of residence. It makes more sense to have them in your country when you do try them as it significantly increases the chance that prosecution suceeds. An acquittal in the US pretty much means that they could never be tried for the same charge with the same evidence. Other nations have seemingly endless appeals processes on both the prosecution and defense sides, as in the Knox murder case in Italy. Extradition is a process that allows citizens of other nations to be made present for prosecution under the receiving nation's laws.

The US nor the UK have an extradition treaty or other agreement with Ecuador...hence, the ability of Julian Assange to escape arrest in the UK as long as he is on Ecuadorian "soil". But at least in the US, that in no way prevents a trial "in absentia" from occurring resulting in a conviction and sentencing so that the minute he enters the domain of the US(or UK) that he's thrown in federal prison and/or levied a fine. He'd have grounds for an immediate appeal under US law most likely but you simply do not actually have to be present in a court in order for the prosecution to proceed if there is a will to proceed.

You can vilify the US all you want but he's already been indicted under Polish law. The threat of extradition has also been used in order to get a suspect to confess and subsequently plead guilty to what might be lesser charges in his country of residence. That might be what's happening here...and even if he is not found guilty under Polish law, there is still the lingering threat of extradition if the Polish government decides to grant it.

posted by Trusted UploadermenTurtle (2016-09-20 10:04:22)
XpoZ avatarHmm... its nothing but a joke, US will understand that soon.

4. SO here you are with your big f...king mouth.. Better find your mama's pu..y. you moron.

posted by (2016-09-20 11:33:15)
edddy avatarI'm still waiting for the prosecution of George Bush and the rest of all those neocon for lying about going to war.

posted by Kitty (2016-09-20 16:09:26)
Crash1 avatar@SaM ... his name is ARTEM Vaulin, not Artyom

@Satanpol ... "Extradition is a process that allows citizens of other nations to be made present for prosecution under the receiving nation's laws." ... WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Extradition is the official process whereby one country transfers a suspected or convicted criminal to another country ... however there MUST be an Extradition treaty in place, and the specific crime MUST be included on that treaty (more recent treaties have changed this to crimes having a detainment sentence of more than one year) and MUST HAVE OCCURRED IN THE REQUESTING COUNTRY.

In THIS case, he MAY be screwed, since the extradition treaty with Poland was only signed while Clinton was in office, and has the 'One Year' provision. However, in Dotcom's case the treaty with New Zealand is an OLD one, that DOESN'T INCLUDE 'Copyright Infringement', and may be just the edge he needs to beat it.

posted by (2016-09-21 07:07:21)
No avatarI'm not aware of the full ins and outs of international law, especially when it comes to this KAT or any web based file-sharing matter, but if there were to be anything more global it would be the internet. so why is there not a worldwide court to represent the worldwide web? if i can send info to another state, inst that the same as being able to cross the border without papers? im just saying the US doesn't rule Poland and they, along with most other countries, can control file sharing. its sad that we all know hes going to Guantanamo(figuratively of course).

posted by (2016-09-21 13:50:28)
No avatarDoes this mean Poland is shxki g that American sausage? It sure looks like it. The assholez were also one of the first in kjne to build a missile "shield" to protect against Russia (meaning they get bombed first before NL, UK, GER etc.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-09-21 21:35:19)
analogkid6103 avatarWho runs the show? Just take a short history lesson and find out where they worked before Govt. job and where they worked after. It will become painfully obvious whats what and who is who. But that was to easy huh?

posted by (2016-09-24 01:22:45)
No avatarI am trying to understand something......... Did he kill anyone? rob a bank? snatch an old ladies purse. No he didn't.... Criminals in this field get away with this kind of stuff. What I am reading sounds like its bigger than "OJ SIMPSON KILLING HIS WIFE" Just get it over with and let the man go. He host the website not the files

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