She believed Dotcomâ€™s claims that his involvement with the Internet Mana party would eventually relieve the family of his threat of extradition, she said.
â€śAt the end I was fine with it because Kim explained to me how this Internet Party would benefit us and the kids because it would help him with his political issues,â€ť she said.
– Auckland now
Ars Technica have provided a useful summary of where we got to where Kim is today, and what is likely to happen from here on in:
Since the Megaupload raid and Dotcomâ€™s arrest, the United States has filed a formal extradition request with Crown Law (New Zealand prosecutors, who act here as agents of the US) to get him across the Pacific. US prosecutors want Dotcom to appear before a federal judge in Virginia where the case was filed. So why is he still in New Zealand?
In short, Dotcomâ€™s legal team has done a fantastic job of defending their client. His lawyers have thrown wrench after wrench into the legal process, appealing at nearly every turn and challenging the validity of the warrant executed upon the Dotcom estate.
The man whom New Zealand authorities dubbed “Billy Big Steps” has won some intermediate victories along the way, including recently defeating aÂ bid to get him thrown back in jail. In September 2012, the New Zealand Prime Minister even apologized for the government’s illegal spying on Dotcom. Read more »
Bernard McGrath is in Sydney and has appeared before the Magistrate, who refused him bail.
He will be enjoying Christmas behind bars.
A former Catholic brother extradited from New Zealand to Australia to face hundreds of child sexual abuse charges has been refused bail in a Sydney court.
Bernard McGrath, 66, is in Australia after a legal bid to block his extradition failed in New Zealand’s highest court earlier this month.
Today, his matter was mentioned at Parramatta Local Court. Â Read more »
There has been a lot of speculation about whether or not Kim Dotcom may be extradited if his residency is revoked for lying on his application.
There is also debate about where he would be sent to.
Some say Hong Kong as that is where he moved from to live in New Zealand….or to Germany…or to Finland….he holds passports in both of the latter jurisdictions.
Then you have to query David ‘Tainted’ Fisher’s expose…surely he knew about this already when he launched his dictated hagiography that he tried (and failed) to claim was work of journalism.
Could it perhaps be that ‘Tainted’ Fisher wrote the article to actually assist Kim Dotcom escaping justice by fleeing back to Germany? Â Â Read more »
Hamish Rutherford thinks it’s a good idea to push Judith Collins into the mud and grind her face down some more. Â All based on an email that didn’t even come from the Dirty Politics book. Â And Collins will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Two former National ministers have gone right to the back of the class, among just four in the 60 strong caucus earning the basic MP’s salary.
Following the first week of Parliament, 56 of National’s MPs have been made either ministers, whips, speakers, chairs or deputy chairs of select committees.
All of those roles come with additional pay, from the $4600 extra paid to select committee deputy chairs, to the extra $280,700 paid to Prime Minister John Key.
But Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson, who were both ministers earlier this year, now earn the basic MP’s salary of $147,800, along with newcomers Parmjeet Parmar and Todd Barclay, 24.
Barclay, the baby of the House, was not born until Williamson had been an MP for almost three years. When Barclay joined Bill English’s office as a junior official, Judith Collins was Police Minister. Read more »
Can you spot Kim Dotcom?
Here is a little game. (Or is it?) Â Where is Kimmy? Â Is he still in New Zealand, or has he quietly slipped away, relying on his Bitcoins to see him through?
And so Kim Dotcom cops another one in the glockenspiel:
Claims by internet mogul Kim Dotcom of a conspiracy between the United States and New Zealand Governments do not have “an air of reality”, a High Court judge has ruled.
In a decision released today, Justice Simon France upheld a previous court ruling not to order Government agencies to release all the information they hold on the Mega founder to help him with his extradition battle.
His lawyers had argued last month that a judicial review should be conducted on Government agencies withholding and redacting files requested by Dotcom and his legal team to decide whether they were legitimately withheld.
It was relevant to his extradition process because previous files had been withheld and later released which showed “political pressure” in the granting of permanent residency to Dotcom, his lawyers argued.
They claimed Immigration New Zealand approved his application despite his previous convictions and despite the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) informing it of a possible FBI investigation.
Simply Gruesome lawyers really aren’t adding to their CVs of late. Â All this is fanciful speculation at best.
What did the Judge actually say? Â Read more »
Kim Dotcom is getting really chatty about politics on Twitter lately. Â You can see the tension is getting to him.
Desperation is a stinky cologne: Read more »
TheyÂ didn’t lose a whole plane