Dotcom contractors contacted PM's office
Wed, 21 Nov 2012 5:23a.m.
By Laura McQuillan
Prime Minister John Key has revealed a group of contractors wanted him to advocate for Kim Dotcom's mansion purchase bid last year - but he says he was never informed of the request.
Mr Key maintains he had never heard of the internet piracy-accused German multimillionaire, who lives in a $30 million mansion in his Helensville electorate, until January 19 this year - the day before Dotcom was arrested.
Dotcom alleges Mr Key knew of him much earlier - and promises he'll back the claim up with evidence at his extradition hearing early next year.
Mr Key, who is in Cambodia for the East Asia Summit, has rejected Dotcom's accusations, but he believes he knows what they're based on.
Late on Tuesday, Mr Key revealed to media that two men, representing about 20 local contractors, visited his electorate office around August last year, to ask for Mr Key's help for Dotcom as he sought Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval to purchase his Coatesville mansion.
The contractors "wanted to be able to do more work" at the mansion, Mr Key said.
He says his electorate agent took the issue up directly with the office of the minister responsible for the OIO, Maurice Williamson, without ever telling Mr Key.
"That's what I think he'll be talking about. That's the only thing that I can think of. There's nothing else that we can find," Mr Key said.
"If he's miraculously going to find some person who he reckons whispered in my ear something, well, OK, prove the person and put them up.
"But I'll tell you now, what difference would it make whether I'd heard about the guy six months earlier? Absolutely none."
The revelation came as Mr Key refused to confirm or deny whether he and US President Barack Obama discussed Dotcom in a meeting on Tuesday morning, leading to speculation he had indeed come up.
Mr Key avoided a question on whether it was appropriate for two political leaders to discuss an extradition case.
"All I can tell you is, it's important that I have the capability to be able to have a discussion with the president of the United States of America and he knows that that would be confidential," Mr Key said.
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21/11/2012 9:00:53 p.m.
Theres nothing else that we can find? So Mr key is very worried somethings going to come out and has had it thoroughly investigated from his team. Interesting. Now we wait for evidence from the Dotcom camp. I do have to wonder what Mr Obama finds so interesting with our PM to warrant so many meetings with such a little fish?
21/11/2012 7:50:34 p.m.
@William: Do you subcontract to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner?
21/11/2012 7:40:46 p.m.
Who here trusts Key over Kim.Com as far as not lying?
21/11/2012 2:12:51 p.m.
What does it matter if J.K had heard of .Com prior to his arrest. It would only matter if J.K had heard of .Com being a serious risk/threat to N.Z's economy or a large public interest and even then J.K should have a trust that all the government heads of other departments should be able to deal with most things without getting every single detail being signed off by J.K.
21/11/2012 11:10:22 a.m.
A hell of a lot of people contact my office too of which I never get to hear about, it is called filtering at point of contact.If JK got to hear about everything happening in NZ, he wouldn't last 20 seconds in the job, it is impossible!!
21/11/2012 10:45:56 a.m.
who cares politics is dodgey no matter what party they represent just highly paid used car salesman. Dotcom is just getting free publicity for more schemes
21/11/2012 10:22:27 a.m.
Kim, the job of the electoral office is to take work away from the local politician. If they can deal with it directly they do. Imagine if everyones problem that went to the local offices had to go to the politition.... they would be swamped with all sorts of stupid things
21/11/2012 10:20:01 a.m.
It will turn out that John Key was informed Kim, he will just have an oopsie moment and claim another brain fade incident.
Can youtrut mn who cant seem to understand that his legs go into his trousers and nt his gay pink shirt?.
21/11/2012 10:16:13 a.m.
It's about time the trouble maker was handed over to the USA to face the pending criminal charges.People like him are leaches that live off other people's hard work.
21/11/2012 9:12:04 a.m.
It looks like keys electoral office's only job is to ensure key is never informed of anything.
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