Just like you, but different
I might be seeing this wrong.
If it was Bernard Madoff, Sir Allan Stanford, Nick Leeson, Ken Lay, Bernie Ebbers, Dennis Kozlowski & it was a $500 million alleged financial fraud, & they were arrested in NZ you’d probably be thinking “good job” and be in general support.
I think the thing is there are two issues:
The NZ ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has this handy document on Extradition. “The Act does not require a foreign country to have a treaty to request extradition from New Zealand”
Megauplaod upload exists to facilitate the movement of large files in a direct download model between users, on an often anonymous basis. Someone uploads a file and then others can pick and choose to download that file – in total- as they choose, or not.
To drag someone back to the USA to face a media storm and circus seems a little odd. But then financial fraud and crime needs to be dealt with in a far more seveer manner than most other crimes.
Bit of a pigs ear then, the “authorities” could have closed down the business, and frozen assets under various RICO and money laundering / income from crime statutes I imagine without the drama of extradition and display, which in the end would result in one man in jail for a few years for being a visionary, albeit a bit of a dodgy one.