Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom speaks during the Intelligence and Security select committee hearing at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he’s launching a political party in his adopted home of New Zealand to contest the country’s general election this year.

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Dotcom said he is founding and funding the party but will not be a candidate. Born Kim Schmitz in Germany, the 39-year-old is a New Zealand resident but not a citizen and cannot be a candidate under New Zealand law.

Dotcom says he will launch the party Monday, the second anniversary of when police stormed his mansion and arrested him. Authorities at that time also shut down Megaupload, the popular file-sharing site he founded.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Dotcom of facilitating Internet piracy. Charged with racketeering and money laundering, he’s fighting U.S. attempts to extradite him.

Subscribe to Asian Correspondent

Receive our weekly round-up of the most important stories in Asia

We will never give away, trade or sell your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time.