Dotcom: Suing GCSB 'not a priority'
Fri, 07 Dec 2012 2:56p.m.
By Angela Beswick
Justice Helen Winkelmann yesterday ruled in favour of Dotcom suing the Government spy agency after a bungled raid on his Coatesville home last January.
Dotcom’s lawyer, Paul Davison QC, confirmed he would be seeking legal action but that now appears at odds with his client’s stance.
In a tweet to 3 News Political Editor Patrick Gower last night, Dotcom said he had no intention of suing.
“My desire is not to sue the NZ [sic] but to go after US and MPAA studios,” he said.
“I’m most interested in GCSB discovery.”
Mr Davison told 3 News it is a misunderstanding; Mr Dotcom had never planned to sue the Govt for closing down Mega. But, he says, this is different - it’s a breach of the Bill of Rights Act.
The GCSB has admitted it acted illegally when it spied on Dotcom and his associate Bram van der Kolk. The pair are both New Zealand residents and the GCSB is forbidden by law to spy on citizens of residents.
Speaking to National Radio this morning, Mr Davison would not put a dollar figure on the claim.
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11/12/2012 8:32:56 p.m.
No one could be extradited on a test case. It has no case law and can not comply with the principle of double criminality. They must have hoped that Dotcom would volunteer. They could try to persuade the New Zealand police to lay charges to run their "test case". Not much more can happen in their case without defendants. However, they achieved what they wanted and "took down" Megaupload. Not impressed with that at all, Justice Collins. You didn't just sell out on 2 residents. You sold us all out
11/12/2012 6:27:32 p.m.
Seems to me that the artistic flair of lawyers and judges is given too much free reign. I want to know the precise New Zealand law - including subsection and sub-subsection - that is alleged to have been breached, and how on the evidence produced to date, that creates an extradition offence. I also want to know the jurisdictional basis that a Court in Alexandria, Virginia works from to charge a resident of Coatesville with a infringements allegedly committed from Coatesville because it seems to me that if the FBI wanted to put the company under surveillance that would need to come from New Zealand authorities in the first instance. If they already had it under surveillance in cooperation with Hong Kong then that is perhaps of assistance towards a New Zealand investigation, but this idea that Judge O'Grady from Alexandria is some kind of World internet sheriff does not seem right at all
11/12/2012 4:00:43 p.m.
Sue the FBI as well, now thats a case.
9/12/2012 5:59:33 p.m.
Why are Toohey and Pike permitted to make fools of the Judiciary and abuse the Court's processes? I understand that they intend to appeal Justice Winkelmann's other rulings, apart from the appeal against disclosing the material requested by the Extradition Court. The Chief Justice and the Crown Solicitor must put a stop to this. Enough is enough. It does not cost $200,000 to clone data from the seized computers, as they claimed to the Court, along with many, many false assertions along the way. They were tied-up with spying on the company, as was Justice Collins. I'd have more chances on that bet than buying a lotto ticket. I suppose it is a serious accusation to make, if untrue, but sue me for defamation if you want. You won't get much. Keep at it, Kathy. Would just love a whistle blower to turn up before Xmas
9/12/2012 2:18:58 p.m.
I wonder if this will allow Kim Dotcom to ask for access to recordings made within the GCSB that are relevent to his case. Anyone who believes John Keys denial about the existence of a recording is truely dellusional. A spy agency that has to worry about being infiltrated 24 hours a day 7 days a week by foreign spies and protestors... has cameras running in every room of its premises all day everyday.. that much you would have to agree a spy agency would do for the safety of the information they hold. So is john Keys denial of the existence of recording believeable? no, not if you realise this is a top secret agency worried about protecting its secrets who maintain the highest levels of survelence. I do wonder if we will see charges laid against John Key as well.
9/12/2012 9:03:46 a.m.
Subject to the possibility of possessing a doomsday device, everyone who is arrested or who is detained under any enactment— (a) shall be informed at the time of the arrest or detention of the reason for it; and (b) shall have the right to consult and instruct a lawyer without delay and to be informed of that right. New Law, courtesy Mander Collins Motion Pictures Association of New Zealand
8/12/2012 11:08:57 p.m.
@Kim. The Solicitor General behind the raid and 'ex parte' seizure of property is now a High Court Judge, and protected by New Zealand law. The President of Finland is a lawyer. David Collins is not protected from the utilization of Finnish Criminal Code. "Aggravated deprivation of personal liberty. If in the deprivation of personal liberty the loss of personal liberty lasts for longer than 72 hours, and the deprivation of personal liberty is aggravated also when assessed as a whole, the offender shall be sentenced for aggravated deprivation of personal liberty to
imprisonment for at least four months and at most four years"
8/12/2012 1:43:26 p.m.
@Mike: Sunday went looking, but didn't find your "lost millions" claimants. I bet Key's "earnings" did not come from $9.95 subscriptions. They found a guy who lost his laptop after an argument. If the FBI have it, I hope he gets his family photos back. That is up to Judge Dawson, not you!
8/12/2012 11:05:41 a.m.
Dotcrim can get a fair trial in the USA and free up millions frozen in the US accounts he was not opperating with Megaupload in the US. Even dotcrim believes he is guilty, so isn't wiling to risk a fair trial.Dotcrim was born lying and an international crim with a crim record on 2 continents and a 3rd trying to extradite him. Next we will have the same idiots claiming hitler was just misunderstood and persecuted by the US!Talk to anyone who has lost millions from dotcrims criminal activities and then it might be a different story. But his supporters aren't those people.
8/12/2012 9:54:04 a.m.
The New Zealand National Government is to blame for letting this saga take place, it was up to the Government to stop this mess before it happen but the terrorist love for money that they have to disobey the LAW to suit their own purposes.
The above mentioned is my true opinion of the Dotcom and CopyRights.
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