Kim Dotcom

Amanda Banks gets apology, John Banks gets $0.00

It’s not often that you should feel genuinely outraged these days.  The word is overused.  But in this matter,  outrage is the only reasonable emotion.

John Banks’ $190,000 High Court costs bid following his acquittal of filing a false electoral return has been dismissed.

Last week, the former National cabinet minister and ACT MP’s lawyer, David Jones, QC, said it was difficult to imagine a “more worthy” applicant for court costs than the victim of “fabricated evidence.”

Mr Banks was seeking costs after the Court of Appeal last year acquitted him and ruled he should not be retried.

The Crown opposed the costs application, arguing there was no evidence that suggested what was being said by Kim Dotcom in the case arguing Mr Banks had filed a false electoral return when he was Auckland City mayor was fabricated, and the case “had to go to trial.”

Mr Banks was convicted on that charge but it was overturned by the Court of Appeal after Mr Bank’s wife, Amanda, tracked down two witnesses who had been present at a lunch held by Mr Dotcom and about which he had testified.

Mrs Banks did that after her original evidence was criticised during the High Court case.

Justice Ed Wylie last week publicly apologised to Mrs Banks after earlier questioning her credibility but in a decision today declined Mr Banks’ costs application.

It is very hard to put in words how this makes me feel.   How can you be wrong enough to apologise,  but not wrong enough to make restitution for a fine that was applied because of it?  Read more »

BREAKING: Judge apologises to Amanda Banks for getting it all wrong [UPDATED]

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John and Amanda Banks are in court today and have just heard Judge Wylie apologise for having been taken in by the Dotcom show. Had he known then what he knows now, he said, we wouldn’t have been in this mess in the first place.

There is no live reporting from the court, but Whaleoil expects to have more detail for you later.

Updated 13:26

John and Amanda Banks have returned to court today to make a submission.  Their counsel, David Jones, presented a painful summary of facts outlining a raft of errors and assumptions that ultimately led to John Banks being found guilty of something he never did. Read more »

SMH late to cotton on that Kim Dotcom hasn’t been doing nothing

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Get used to orange fatty

Kim Dotcom is a braggart, he likes to give hints about his “capabilities”.

The problem is his one capability he actually excels at is stuffing food into his gob.

However the SMH has picked up something our readers picked some time ago.

Did Kim Dotcom warn the world the Democratic Party hacking was coming?

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said in 2015 that he knew of information that was going to create an obstacle for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election bid.

Kim had tweeted that he would be Hillary’s “worst nightmare in 2016”. When pressed on the matter in a 2015 interview, he said WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange would in fact prove a bigger thorn in the side of Hillary: “I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her.”

Assange “has access to information”, Kim said, without elaborating.   Read more »

Hacking to affect politics again, as predicted by Dotcom and announced by Assange

As I said previously, in hindsight, my hack was just one of the first of what is now becoming a standard way to sabotage political campaigns.

Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, a whistleblowing website, counted on by millions to call out the dirty birds who hold far too much power in our country. Assange says that his next leak will be so damaging for Hillary Clinton, that not only should she no longer be eligible to be President, but she should be arrested and indicted.

According to Assange, he has “enough evidence” for the Department of Justice to indict Hillary Clinton regarding her handling of classified information, which includes directing her staff to remove “classified” labels from emails as a way to casually send pertinent and delicate information via an unsecured public server.

Assange says that, while he believes that some of the rules regarding classified information are silly, he also knows that Hillary Clinton, as well as President Obama, has pushed to get people who break those rules prosecuted for such crimes.

Whistleblowing and leaks are the soft descriptors for criminal hacking.  Read more »

Banksie fights back

John Banks was the victim of a Dotcom/David ‘tainted’ Fisher hit job. I well remember meeting David Fisher for lunch at Soul Bar to discuss some stories with him. He was totally distracted having just been up to the Town Hall to look at donations returns after being given the heads up from his pal Kim Dotcom. He was very excited.

Later when the verdict was handed down by Justice Wylie in the High Court Fisher was seen to do a little jig celebrating at his big sting. Justice Wylie will have to apologise for that judgment in due course but we are seeing no apologies from David Fisher.

Meanwhile John Banks is fighting back against the legal malfeasance performed against him by crown lawyers.

John Banks has lodged a complaint against the Queen’s Counsel who prosecuted the politician for electoral fraud.

The parliamentary career of the former Act leader ended after he was convicted in the High Court for not disclosing two $25,000 donations from internet mogul Kim Dotcom to his Auckland mayoralty campaign in 2010.

The Court of Appeal then quashed the conviction after the “obsessed” detective work of Mr Banks’ wife, Amanda, who was stung by the trial judge’s opinion of her credibility when he preferred Mona Dotcom’s evidence about a lunch which was crucial to the case.

Mrs Banks tracked down two witnesses from America who corroborated her version of events and whose evidence the three appellate justices said was “likely to have changed the outcome of the trial”, if accepted.

What the three appellate judges – or Mr Banks’ lawyer David Jones QC – were not told was that Dotcom, when presented with the the evidence of the two American businessmen, changed his evidence.

Dotcom and his missus perjured themselves. Why he isn’t on charges I can’t imagine.
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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