Our media is full of stories about the plucky fat German taking his case all the way to the Supreme Court.
The subtext is that this lovely underdog will keep battling the evil empire. So clearly his PR is still working a treat on our repeaters, it helps of course that one major daily has embedded journalists working with his lawyers.
But step outside New Zealand and the harsh reality for this convicted crook is plain for all to see.
The appeals court in Wellington overturned an earlier ruling that would have allowedĀ Kim DotcomĀ and the others broad access to evidence in the case against them at the time of theirĀ extraditionĀ hearing, which is scheduled for August. The four are accused of facilitating massive copyright fraud through theĀ internetfilesharingĀ site.
The court ruled that extensive disclosure would bog down the process and that a summary of the US case would suffice.
Dotcom, a German national, says he is innocent and cannot be held responsible for others using the site to illegally download songs and films. Along with him, US prosecutors are seeking the extraditions of Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, each of whom held senior positions at Megaupload before American authorities shut the site down in 2012.
Paul Davison, one of Dotcom’s lawyers, said he planned to appeal at New Zealand’s supreme court. Dotcom’s legal team must first submit an application to the court which will then decide whether an appeal has enough merit to proceed.
In its ruling the appeals court found that full disclosure of evidence was not necessary at the extradition hearing because the hearing was not the venue to determine guilt or innocence. The court pointed out that the legal obligation on the US was simply to prove it had a valid case.
The court also found that extradition treaties are essentially agreements between governments and “even though courts play a vital part in the process, extradition is very much a government to government process”
The sooner this fat german crook is put on a plane the better.