Four years, four defendants, a raid, a political party and, now, an extradition verdict.
Take a look back at major political and legal events since the start of the investigation into Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants over Megaupload.
New Zealand police begin an investigation into Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after receiving a request for assistance from the FBI. They are told Mr Dotcom could be holding a birthday party on 21 January, and this might be an opportune time to raid his house.
14 December 2011
A planning meeting is held, attended by representatives from the police, Crown Law, the Ministry of Justice, the police's legal section and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
16 December 2011
The GCSB begins spying on Mr Dotcom at the request of the police. They are asked to provide intelligence about where Mr Dotcom's birthday party is going to take place, which targets will be attending the party, and anything that may assist in mitigating risks - such as security measures at the mansion or access to/possession of firearms.
18 January 2012
A provisional arrest warrant is issued by Judge David McNaughton at the North Shore District Court.
20 January 2012
At 7.50am, as part of global raids, regular police officers and Special Tactics Group (STG) members raid Mr Dotcom's mansion. Those arrested in New Zealand are: Mr Dotcom and his former Megaupload colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk, and Finn Batato. The charges on the US indictment in relation to the now-defunct website Megaupload are:
23 January 2012
The four men appear in the North Shore District Court before Judge McNaughton to seek bail.
25 January 2012
Judge McNaughton denies Mr Dotcom bail, saying there's a "real and significant risk" he will flee the country.
3 February 2012
Mr Dotcom appeals the bail ruling at the Auckland High Court, but Justice Asher also denies bail.
22 February 2012
Judge Nevin Dawson (in the North Shore District Court) overturns the two earlier decisions, and grants Mr Dotcom bail.
2 March 2012
American authorities formally lodge papers in the North Shore District Court, requesting the extradition of Mr Dotcom and the three other men.
21 March 2012
Mr Dotcom is granted up to $60,000 a month to be released from frozen assets: $300,000 from his Rabobank account in instalments of $40,000 a month (to pay for staff), plus $20,000 a month (for living costs) to be derived from interest on New Zealand government bonds.
22-23 May 2012
At a hearing in the High Court in Auckland, Mr Dotcom's lawyers seek a judicial review of the raid on their client's home, arguing it was illegal - the warrant used was too broad and deficient. During this hearing, it is revealed the FBI has already taken copied material back to the US, without permission. Lawyer Paul Davison says material was supposed to stay in New Zealand under the order of the Solicitor-General. Justice Winkelmann reserves her decision.
6 June 2012
A judicial review into the raid is held in the High Court in Auckland. Mr Dotcom's lawyers argue the search and seizure was illegal, and the Crown and the FBI unlawfully couriered seven copies of material to the US in breach of the Solicitor-General's ruling, which stated all evidence must stay in the custody of the police. The Crown argues it was not in breach of the ruling, as only copies were couriered - not originals. Justice Winkelmann reserves judgement.
28 June 2012
Justice Winkelmann releases her ruling, which finds that the warrants used to seize material were too broad, did not describe the offences properly, and were therefore unlawful. It also finds that it was unlawful for the FBI and Crown to send cloned material to the US.
7-9 August 2012
A hearing is held in the High Court in Auckland. Mr Dotcom, police (including Detective Inspector Grant Wormald) and STG officers give evidence on the details of the lead-up to the raid, including the day itself.
Mr Dotcom says he was kicked and punched by officers. Officers deny this but admit they did have to stand on his hands, and his fingers bled.
Mr Dotcom's lawyers question STG officers about the need for helicopters and armed police, and accuse the police of being heavy-handed. Police footage of the raid is shown.
Police claim Mr Dotcom is a real threat with a history of violence, and they say there is a record of firearms being stored at his mansion.
While Mr Wormald is on the stand, he is questioned about who was present in the room at a 14 December 2011 planning meeting. He will not reveal who one of the parties was, but it is later revealed that it was the GCSB.
16 August 2012
Acting Prime Minister Bill English signs a ministerial certificate directing no disclosure of GCSB information.
Prime Minister John Key says the GCSB's surveillance of Mr Dotcom was illegal, as Mr Dotcom was a New Zealand resident and the GCSB is not supposed to spy on its citizens or residents. Mr Key refers the matter to Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Paul Neazor.
The Inspector-General finds the GCSB spying illegal, as it relied on incorrect police information about Mr Dotcom's residency status and it did not check further.
1 October 2012
A review is ordered into the GCSB, and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Rebecca Kitteridge is appointed to oversee it.
11 October 2012
The Labour Party claims Mr Key discussed Mr Dotcom's case while at the GCSB for a briefing in February 2012. Mr Key maintains the first he heard of Mr Dotcom was when he learned of the GCSB's illegal surveillance of him.
20 January 2013
Mr Dotcom launches a new business, Mega.co.nz, with a party at his mansion including a reconstruction of the raid, dancers, DJs and an appearance by New Zealand musician Tiki Taane. It coincides with the anniversary of the raid.
7 March 2013
A Court of Appeal judgment upholds a decision in the High Court that Mr Dotcom can sue the GCSB for damages.
Mr Key admits new GCSB head Ian Fletcher (appointed February 2012) is an old family friend, whom he shoulder-tapped for the role. State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie maintains the appointment process was rigourous.
Ms Kitteridge's report is leaked ahead of its planned release, and says the GCSB may have illegally spied on 88 people in New Zealand during 56 operations since 2003.
Mr Key signals a law change to allow GCSB to spy on New Zealanders. The Auditor-General, meanwhile, rules out an inquiry into the appointment of Mr Fletcher.
30 April 2013
Mr Dotcom and others lodge a claim for about $5 million in compensation against the police and the GCSB in the High Court in Auckland.
Legislation is introduced to widen the GCSB's powers so it can spy on New Zealanders to prevent cyber attacks, and on behalf of other agencies like the police, Defence Force and Security Intelligence Service (SIS). Opposition parties and submitters to the bill say it widens powers too much and will allow the collection of metadata, which shows patterns of communication.
31 May 2013
Justice Winkelmann rules the police must sort through seized property and return any items that were not relevant to the case.
After Edward Snowden blows the whistle on the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US, Prime Minister John Key tells Parliament he has sought an assurance from the GCSB that it is acting in accordance with New Zealand law and that it does not ask agencies in other countries to circumvent that law.
The GCSB bill passes with the vote of United Future MP Peter Dunne. Mr Key says New Zealanders will not be subject to widespread spying.
29 August 2013
Police say no criminal charges will be laid against anyone who spied on Mr Dotcom.
Mr Key says he is confident the GCSB has not been part of eavesdropping on foreign leaders and that he has not been spied upon by the US.
26 November 2013
The Green Party releases a police summary of the police investigation into whether Mr Dotcom was spied on illegally, which reveals three GCSB agents refused to be interviewed during the investigation.
27 November 2013
At a preliminary hearing for the compensation claim, Mr Dotcom's legal team tells the High Court it has never been given a copy of the police investigation summary, and questions what other evidence the Crown has not disclosed. The lawyers threaten to summon government spies to give evidence in a closed court session.
Prison operator Serco apologises to Mr Dotcom for the treatment he received when he first arrived at Mt Eden Prison after the raids.
16 January 2014
Mr Dotcom cancels an event - about to be held on the second anniversary of the raids - to launch his new Internet Party, after being warned it could fall foul of electoral law.
19 February 2014
The Court of Appeal rules the search warrants used to raid Mr Dotcom's house were lawful. However, the judges say the decision to send copies of seized material to US authorities breached court orders.
21 March 2014
The Supreme Court refuses to allow Mr Dotcom access to more FBI documents about his case, saying the Extradition Act does not require copies of all documents related to the case. His legal team only has a 109-page summary of the evidence against him.
27 March 2014
Mr Dotcom launches the Internet Party at a low-key event, without any confirmed candidates or formal registration.
Six Hollywood studios launch a civil claim against Mr Dotcom and now-defunct Megaupload.
Prime Minister John Key repeats assurances there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders or collection of their metadata, and none of New Zealand's partners have been used to circumvent the law.
12 May 2014
Mr Dotcom's lawyers claim the SIS expedited his permanent residency application in New Zealand to make it easier for the FBI to extradite him.
24 May 2014
The courts lift suppression on the 'record of case', a 200-page document [ http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edva/legacy/2013/12/20/Mega%20Evidence.pdf] summarising the evidence the US plans to use in the extradition hearing.
27 May 2014
The Mana Party agrees to form an alliance with the Internet Party to contest the general election. Two days later, veteran politician and activist Laila Harre is confirmed as the Internet Party leader.
A judge finds ACT MP John Banks guilty of filing a false electoral return, following crucial evidence from Mr Dotcom that he signed off two $25,000 donations at a lunch attended by Mr Banks. He is later acquitted after it is revealed the Crown did not put forward a memorandum in which Mr Dotcom contradicted his own version of events.
Crown lawyers have racked up 20,000 hours on the Dotcom case since January 2012.
15 September 2014
At an event billed as the 'Moment of Truth', US lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald claims Mr Key has misled the New Zealand public and that New Zealanders have been the target of mass surveillance by the GCSB and international spy agencies. Mr Key denies this, saying ground work was done on it, but it never went ahead. He says he will reveal evidence on this to protect his reputation.
Mr Dotcom also promises to reveal what Mr Key knew about him, and when, at the event, but fails to produce any evidence on the night. An apparent email from the chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros, suggesting Mr Key had been involved in a plan to grant Mr Dotcom residency so he could then be extradited to the US, is dismissed as a hoax.
September 21, 2014
After National is elected to lead a third-term government, Mr Dotcom says his brand was "poison" for the Internet-Mana alliance, which gained just 1 percent of the party vote, with no seats in Parliament.
It is revealed Mr Dotcom did not disclose a dangerous driving conviction when he applied for permanent residency, an omission that could be grounds for deportation. Immigration New Zealand launches a review of his residency status, which is ongoing as of November 2015.
Mr Dotcom's long-serving lawyers, Paul Davison and Willy Akel, quit the case. Mr Dotcom claims he is broke, and it is later revealed Mr Davison and Mr Akel are owed $2.5 million in unpaid legal fees. Mr Dotcom dodges a Crown attempt to remand him in custody again, but a court imposes strict new bail conditions that ban him from hiring boats or helicopters.
The Supreme Court rules the search warrants used to raid the Dotcom mansion in 2012 were legal.
Megaupload programmer Andrus Nomm is jailed in the US after pleading guilty to copyright infringement charges.
26 February 2015
Mr Dotcom pleads with a court to release more of his frozen funds so he can pay his rent and buy groceries.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) rules there is no evidence a detective committed perjury during Mr Dotcom's court action.
14 September 2015
The Court of Appeal dismisses a last-ditch bid by Mr Dotcom to delay the extradition hearing, saying Mr Dotcom's application for a stay in proceedings can instead be heard on the first day of the extradition hearing.
17 September 2015
Mr Dotcom's legal team releases the affadavit of Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, who says the extradition case lacks merit and should have been thrown out before it was even filed.
21 September 2015
The extradition hearing for Mr Dotcom and his three co-accused - Mr van der Kolk, Mr Ortmann and Mr Batato - begins in Auckland.
24 November 2015
After a marathon 10-week trial, the extradition hearing wraps up in Auckland.
The Crown lawyer acting on behalf of the US, Christine Gordon, tells the court the men were knowingly obtaining money by infringing copyrights.
She repeats conversations between the co-accused, in which they said most of their income did not come from legitimate users of Megaupload.
The defence lawyers have attacked the Crown's case throughout the trial on two fronts: that the charges in the US indictment are not extraditable offences; and that, even if they were, the summary of evidence that prosecutors presented was cherry-picked and unreliable.
23 December 2015
Judge Dawson rules that Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the US to stand trial on criminal charges. Dotcom and his lawyers vow to appeal the charges.