Dotcom's conditional offer to go to US
Wed, 11 Jul 2012 6:58a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Kim Dotcom says he will willingly go to the US if he and his co-defendants are guaranteed a fair trial and access to money to pay for defence and personal costs.
He has offered the US Department of Justice this deal as he reveals he has millions of dollars of unpaid legal bills because his bank accounts are still frozen, the New Zealand Herald reports.
Dotcom’s extradition hearing was yesterday postponed until March 2013, which Dotcom was not happy about.
“Extradition hearing delayed til March,” he tweeted yesterday. “Dirty delay tactics by the US. They destroyed my business. Took all my assets. Time does the rest.”
He tweeted this morning about his proposal.
“Hey DOJ [Department of Justice], we will go to the US. No need for extradition. We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses.”
However Dotcom doubts the FBI will agree to his proposal. He told the Herald the FBI would “never agree to this… because they can’t win this case and they know that”.
US authorities are trying to extradite Dotcom and three others to face racketeering, copyright and money laundering charges. They face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Last month a High Court Judge ruled the January 20 police search and seizure at Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion illegal, and that it was unlawful for Dotcom’s computer data to be sent overseas to the US.
Last week the US appealed a district court ruling that Dotcom and his co-accused must be granted access to the evidence held against them for the extradition hearing.
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14/07/2012 10:52:54 a.m.
DENNIS' its the International Law that Dotcom or anyone suieng should attend Court in that country where the crime took place or the true copyrights are sueing the object to penniless but involving others will costs very dearly in COMPENSTIONS for the injustice movements..
12/07/2012 7:04:34 a.m.
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Does an appeal against Judge Harvey's order to provide evidence necessarily delay the proceeding? Why can he not go ahead with the hearing whether the US have complied or not? Non compliance would jeopardize their case. Even if they can't come up with evidence of the "mega" conspiracy in time evidence of a little one is all that is required! At least return the security footage of the raid! That is defence evidence, not theirs
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The Crown (you and I) can not appeal every order and direction before the extradition hearing. There cannot be a right of appeal because it flies in the face of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act to do so
11/07/2012 10:34:35 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
Quote: "Dotcom’s extradition hearing was yesterday postponed until March 2013, which Dotcom was not happy about.“Extradition hearing delayed til March,” he tweeted yesterday. “Dirty delay tactics by the US. They destroyed my business. Took all my assets. Time does the rest.”Mr Dotcom did not break any NZ laws but at the request of the FBI the NZ Police (78 of them) arrested Dotcom, confiscated all his assets and froze all his bank accounts and since a judge has concluded that the Police acted illegally I note That the NZ Police has not used the same speed and gusto to return Dotcoms possesions and assets.Now a further lot of misery has been thrust upon Dotcom - The FBI with all the massive resources of the worlds most powerful nation wants another 9 months to prepare a case for Dotcoms extradition. Time equals fabrication - something the USA is really good at.Mt Dotcom - you have been treated really badly by the NZ Police in their eagerness to be a lapdog for the USA.I welcome Mr Dotcom you to stay in NZ and hope that you get well compensated for the injustices you have had to endure.
11/07/2012 8:17:17 p.m.
I feel sorry for Dotcom, he has not done anything wrong with his site, he was like a warehouse for those who wanted to upload or download for a commission of course.
Don't go to the U.S because they will throw you in prison through lies and secret dealings.
Our government should never have entertained the U.S but i guess that is what you do if you want to be their riend.
When this trial is over, Dotcom will have the right to sue our government for compensation and he will win.
11/07/2012 4:13:57 p.m.
@Mike: I am getting tired of reading your senseless comments. Can you please explain us why Mega was supposed to comply with US laws if it was a HK based company with no presence in the US? (no, I really don't think the leased servers apply as presence in the US) Or should NZ extradite you/your family to Saudi Arabia because you drink some alcohol sometimes?
It is once again the US World Police mentality and big money in the US politicians pockets.
11/07/2012 3:35:18 p.m.
NZ copyright enforcement is a worldwide joke - hence why dotcom choose NZ.The US change the law to make internet companies more liable and responsible for copyright and Megaupload chose not to follow the changes in law, using older legal retation of 2003 and earlier when they knew the law had changed.In NZ if IRD changed tax laws and a company chose not to follow the changes, they would be liable. Megaupload not following US law is the same type of thing.Take a look at how much major internet companies have changed operations to comply with the law changes. Some have spent over $100 mil PA on compliance for the change while Megaupload chose to do nothing.Dotcom as a director is criminally liable for megaupload breeches. Just like Hanover directors were liable her for its problems.
11/07/2012 12:30:23 p.m.
Go Dotcom and win,then come back and become a NZ citizen and take the police and govt to court for the shambling way in which you were treated.
11/07/2012 11:29:10 a.m.
Ruin a mans life based on the accusations of American film industry...
I would have thought we would treat our citizens better than this.
11/07/2012 10:39:34 a.m.
Dont go there Mr Dotcom. It's much safer for you to stay in NZ. Fight your case from here, using our legal system.
11/07/2012 8:26:23 a.m.
Poor Dotcom. I really feel for how he has been treated here in NZ.
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