Kim Dotcom

Looks like Dotcom admitted he is a crook

Kim Dotcom thought he was being funny yesterday, but appears to have shot himself in the foot again, and Pete helpfully assisted the fool aim at his feet:

2016-05-15So it appears that Kim Dotcom has admitted he is a crook.   Read more »

Toxic Dotcom mansion attracts zero buyers

Dotcom locks himself out of Coatesville mansion

Dotcom locks himself out of Coatesville mansion

Whatever Dotcom touches turns to dust, and now the owners of the Dotcom mansion are stuck with a huge white elephant.

It’s the $35 million mansion no one wants. More than three weeks after tenders closed on the sprawling Coatesville mansion Kim Dotcom used to call home, not a single offer has been tabled.

The sprawling Coatesville estate at 186 Mahoenui Valley Rd – also known as the Chrisco mansion – has 12 bedrooms, is on 22.6ha with its own vineyard, lake and boathouse, and has manicured parkland and sculptures. […]

Asked if potential buyers had been put off by its chequered history, Tang said “absolutely not”.Property records list the house as being owned by Lurcher Ltd, which Companies Office records now show is called Linkicons and whose sole director is Richard Bradley of Australia.

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Oh the Irony, Pirate websites’ privacy compromised by Panama Papers

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File sharing sites (often referred to as Pirate websites) make money from promising privacy to their customers. These kinds of companies are perfect for criminals. They allow pedophiles for example to upload and share child pornography. Now, thanks to the criminal actions of a hacker the Panama papers have had an unexpected consequence. They have compromised the privacy of customers who use Pirate websites like Mega.

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New Internet cable, but no free broadband for all New Zealanders

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Work on a new trans-Tasman broadband cable is due to start in Raglan by March 29 after telecommunications companies Spark, Vodafone and Telstra jointly invested about $US70 million in the project.

About three kilometres of the cable would be buried under seabed from Ngarunui Beach in Raglan.

This first phase would take about a week to complete.

From there, a larger specialised ship would take over to connect the next section of cable across the Tasman and eventually to Australia.

I’m amazed we need another cable already. Didn’t Kim Dotcom gift one to New Zealand?  Read more »

Larry Williams on Banks and New Zealand justice

Larry Williams has a crack at the system over the John Banks case.

The justice system stinks at times – with what I call trumped up charges against John Banks being a case in point.

Mr Banks was acquitted of electoral fraud after the conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The case related to donations Mr Banks received from Kim Dotcom for his 2010 mayoral campaign, which the Crown alleged were not disclosed on his electoral return.

The Court of Appeal overturned its earlier decision for a retrial after the Crown’s key witness, Kim Dotcom, was found to have completely contradicted what he said at trial – the defence presented statements by two Americans that destroyed the Crown case. Mr Dotcom’s changed version of events was withheld from the court by the Crown.

I’d bet that there is more to come as a result of the non-disclosure of key evidence.

Yes, there will be more to come.

The evidence against Mr Banks was flimsy. Police investigated for six months and recommended that he had no case to answer.

Then along came serial litigant Graham McCready with a private prosecution and the Solicitor General – foolishly in my opinion – pursued the case. To me, it looked like a boneheaded vindictive crusade to secure Mr Banks’ scalp.

I think it’s beyond belief the Solicitor General proceeded with the case.

The upshot was Mr Banks got totally screwed over. He and his wife were put through hell. His honesty was impugned. Some journalists were baying for blood and were clearly enjoying it. Political opponents labelled him “corrupt” and a “fraudster”. Mr Banks resigned from his ministerial posts. The case took a terrible toll.

Yesterday, Mr Banks had another kick in the guts. He’s been awarded $66,200 in costs from the Crown for the Court of Appeal hearings that resulted in his acquittal. He has further application for costs of $190,000 for the earlier trial.

These are paltry sums compared to his actual costs, I’d say . As a guesstimate I’d say his costs were in the vicinity of a million dollars.

That’s justice New Zealand style, folks.

The fact that the Media party participated in the shenanigans should be to their enduring shame…of course, journalists (and I use the term loosely) like David Fisher have no shame. If he wasn’t already known as ‘Tainted’ Fisher, I’d start calling him ‘No Shame’ Fisher.

Justice Wylie should also apologise…but I suspect he won’t. His colleagues, though, will forever snigger at the Northern Club that he fell for the rubbish of Dotcom and his missus.

 

– NZ Herald

Banksie gets some justice at last

John Banks has got some justice at last, though not nearly enough to cover the expenses of clearing his name against a campaign of spite run by Dotcom, David Fisher and the Solicitor-General’s own office.

Former politician John Banks has been awarded $66,200 in costs from the Crown for the Court of Appeal hearings that resulted in his acquittal for his electoral return for mayoral donations.

Mr Banks said a further application for costs of $190,000 had now been lodged in the High Court for the earlier trial which convicted him of electoral fraud before that conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

The case related to donations Mr Banks received from Kim Dotcom for his 2010 mayoral campaign which were not disclosed on his electoral return and which Mr Banks claimed were anonymous.

The decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn its earlier decision for a retrial meant Mr Banks was acquitted of filing a false return.

Attorney General Chris Finlayson confirmed the Court of Appeal costs had now been resolved.

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The mendacity of Martyn Bradbury

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Last month I announced on this blog that we would no longer be taking part in the public blog stats that Open Parachute operates.

After dominating the stats for years and being constantly accused of lying about my stats I decided to no longer take part. Ken does a great job at Open Parachute and although we don’t see eye to eye on politics and climate change he is running a good service, so my leaving the stats is no reflection on his ranking service.

We signalled this a month in advance, and I notified Ken at Open Parachute as well so he wouldn’t think his code that sucks up all the stats was broken.

This morning Martyn Martin Bradbury aka Wrongly Wrongson lied about all that, claiming that my stats were “removed” because of technical errors. That was a lie, and one which Ken from Open Parachute called him out on.   Read more »

Paging Mr Dotcom! Mr Dotcom! Opportunity knocks!!

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Being the sort of guy who must do some forward planning, he should ensure that by the time he’s on remand in Mt Eden awaiting deportation that the mattress grades are up to his expectations. Read more »

Kim Dotcom: neither destitute nor concerned about his children’s privacy

Kim Dotcom has claimed in court he is destitute, yet he is living the high life down at the Viaduct, and is taking holidays at $900-a-night luxury lodges…oh, and showing off his kids and his attention-seeking trollop at the same time.

That makes a lie of his claim to want privacy.

His publicist publisher continues the positive news stories about the large German gentleman.

Has Kim Dotcom’s love life taken a twist fit for a rom-com on the eve of Valentine’s Day?

Earlier this month, the internet mogul ended his whirlwind romance with 21-year-old Auckland woman Elizabeth Donnelly, saying the media attention was “unacceptable”.

But a photo posted to his Instagram today shows Ms Donnelly relaxing by the pool with Dotcom’s children at the exclusive Chateau Matakana, north of Auckland.

Ms Donnelly has also posted photos suggesting she is holidaying with Dotcom.  Read more »

The only retrospective legislation I’d support

It has been recommended the government overhaul extradition law to simplify the process of getting rid of ratbags who are wanted in overseas jurisdictions.

Imagine a high-profile extradition case of a foreigner accused of a crime that didn’t involve millions of taxpayers’ dollars and years of wrangling in the courts.

The Law Commission, which has been wrestling with this under the shadow of the Kim Dotcom case, has arrived at its recommendations, which were tabled in Parliament yesterday.

The commission was coy about the cost savings, but it promised extradition battles could be shorter and more clear-cut, in line with a worldwide trend.

The numbers were not huge – 70 extradition requests from other countries in four years, and about 40 from New Zealand to other countries.

However, the sums and delays could be large – for example, tens of thousands of Crown Law hours on the Dotcom extradition case, multi-millions of dollars all round, and the appeal against extradition yet to be heard, and due in August.   Read more »