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Kickass man to stay in prison as extradition process continues

By | Published on Friday 4 November 2016

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A Polish court has ruled that Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of former file-sharing hub KickassTorrents, should remain in prison while US efforts to extradite him to face charges of criminal copyright infringement continue to go through the motions.

As previously reported, Vaulin, who is Ukrainian, was arrested in Poland earlier this year at the request of the American authorities as the Kickass site was taken offline. Extradition proceedings are underway, though legal reps for the alleged Kickass man are trying to have the case dismissed in the US courts, on the basis that the secondary or contributory infringement Vaulin may or may not be liable for is not a criminal matter under American law.

Back in Poland, his lawyers there went to the Court Of Appeals in Warsaw to request that their client be allowed out of the jail where he has been incarcerated since his arrest. But the court refused said request, ruling that the allegations made against Vaulin are sufficiently serious to keep him in custody.

According to Torrentfreak, Vaulin’s lawyers had questioned the legalities behind their client’s arrest, while also stating that he needed medical treatment for a spinal hernia from which he is suffering. They added that their man could remain under police supervision, and that he was happy to stay in Warsaw and hand over his passport if necessary. But those arguments did not work.

An extradition hearing is now scheduled for later this month.