Finn Batato

Listen up fatty, give up already, you’re going sooner or later

Kim Dotcom thinks he’s winning. But the Crown had a message for him yesterday:

Evidence that Kim Dotcom was not allowed to present at his extradition hearing would not have helped his case anyway, the Crown says.

Mr Dotcom and his three co-accused – Bram Van der Kolk, Matthias Ortmann and Finn Batato – are appealing a North Shore District Court judgement ruling them eligible for extradition to the United States.

The US wants to extradite the men to face criminal charges of money-laundering and copyright breaches related to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

At the beginning of the appeal, which is taking place in the High Court in Auckland, the men’s defence lawyers said the district court judge failed to keep an open mind and give meaningful consideration to their arguments against extradition.

Mr Van der Kolk and Mr Ortmann’s lawyer, Grant Illingworth, told the High Court that, crucially, the court had not let the men present evidence of unlawful US behaviour.

“[That includes] a massive search and seizure, manufacturing a situation of urgency in order to get procedural shortcuts … covering up the unlawful activities that preceded the [arrests], downstream attempts to cover that up including a police officer giving incorrect information to this court, [and] unlawfully sending clones of hard drives overseas.”

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He should have settled instead of concocting crazy conspiracy theories

I don’t feel at all sorry for Kim Dotcom. The man is a fool and a fantasist…I mean anyone who thought paying Martyn Bradbury as a political consultant has to be insane.

The ones I feel sorry for are the three others who have been taken for a ride with Kim Dotcom. He’s promised them repeatedly that he’d get them off, then left them all in the lurch with his insane stunts, new political parties, slagging of the US Government and regulators and judges, and Police and everyone else.

They are the ones who are going to pay the price for his shenanigans.

Judge Nevin Dawson’s decision to extradite Kim Dotcom and his co-accused Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato includes a summary of the maximum prison sentences facing the four on each charge if they are ultimately convicted in the US.

A quick summary of the list:

  • Count One: Conspiracy to commit racketeering: 20 years
  • Count Two: Conspiracy to commit copyright infringement: 5 years
  • Count Three: Conspiracy to launder monetary instruments: 20 years
  • Count Four: Criminal copyright infringement: 5 years
  • Counts Five through Eight: Criminal copyright infringement by electronic means: 5 years each (20 years)
  • Counts Nine through Thirteen: Fraud by wire, and aiding and abetting fraud by wire: 20 years

If served consecutively, that means the big man would face up to 90 years behind bars — a strong motivation to appeal his extradition (as he has already said he will) and then apply for a Supreme Court review if he loses that appeal.

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Good things come to those who are prepared to stick to the job for the long haul

fatty

Do I look good in Orange?

Tick tock, we are now all waiting with bated breath.

The wheels of the justice system grind slowly, and occasionally slip a cog, but on the whole those who are willing to submit to the complete process get what they deserve.

A judge is set to deliver his decision on whether Kim Dotcom and his associates are eligible for extradition to face charges in the United States.

The German-born internet mogul and his former business associates – Mathias Ortmann, Finn Batato and Bram van der Kolk – are accused of making US$175 million (NZ$257 million) from what US authorities say is a criminal conspiracy based around file-sharing website Megaupload.   Read more »

Desperation is a stinky cologne

The Fat German is staring down the barrel of a long lonely flight in stainless steel jewellery as the evidence mounts at his extradition hearing.

Desperation has set in…first they tried to suggest the documents were missing…they weren’t…and now they are trying to get the hearing stopped.

Lawyers for Kim Dotcom and his co-accused are arguing again that an extradition hearing should be halted.

Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato face extradition to the United States on copyright and money-laundering charges, related to their file-sharing website, Megaupload.

Last week, Judge Nevin Dawson refused to hear several applications from the men for a stay in proceedings, saying they could be heard in the context of the main hearing.   Read more »

No more delays for Dotcom says judge

Headache

Headache

Tick, tock, time’s nearly up for Kim Dotcom after a judge turned down his request to delay his extradition proceedings until October.

NBR reports:

Kim Dotcom and his co-accused have lost a bid to delay their extradition hearing to October this year.

The US government wants Mr Dotcom and co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk to go the US to face copyright infringement charges for their roles in file-sharing site Mega Upload.   Read more »

Merry Effin’ Christmas Kim and Nicky

Scheiße! Another loss

Scheiße! Another loss

Kim Dotcom got the Christmas present he didn’t want…yet another court judgment against him.

This time there are no more appeals…the Supreme Court has ruled the warrants for his raid and search were 100% legal.

The police raids on internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s mansion were legal, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The court has upheld a Court of Appeal decision that while the search warrants could have been more precisely written they were legal.

The warrants, executed by police on the properties of Dotcom and his associate Bram van der Kolk in January 2012, resulted in the seizure of some 135 electronic items.      Read more »

Media hoodwinked again, another undisclosed association with Kim Dotcom

This morning, Derek Handley, the chairman and boss of Snakk Media (a NZAX listed company) wrote a supportive piece about Kim Dotcom, published in the Herald.

Lots of altruistic mother and apple pie statements were spouted about internet freedom and privacy. But Handley may have now unwittingly overplayed his hand and connections to the convicted pump and dump fraudster.

You see, there are a number of people with close connections between Handley and Dotcom, which might require a little bit of attention, and perhaps some assurances by Handley if he wants his own listed tech company to be viewed as “above board”.

Firstly, we know that Kim Dotcom is working on a music service called “Baboom”. Baboom is its own incorporated company in New Zealand.

Directors of Baboom Ltd include already known Dotcom associates. A colourful investor, Michael John Sorensen, best known for his associations with penny dreadful companies and reverse listings is also a director of Baboom.

But what is this? Michael John Soreson is also balls deep within Snakk Media, Derek Handley’s company, owning around 12% of the company at one point through an entity called Snakk Trustee Limited.

Historic data for Snakk Media (not Snakk Trustees) shows that previous directors include past and current business colleagues of John Sorensen.

So there appears to be a slightly more than altruistic perspective here by Mr Handley. Kim Dotcom is actually thick as thieves with at least one of Handley’s business associates, the colourful John Sorensen. There are all sorts of rumours washing around about Kim Dotcom’s desires to put Mega and or Baboom on the NZX, in an effort to make him more established in NZ, and  that much harder to remove him. This includes Snakk being speculated as a possible merger candidate for Dotcom’s business interests, or other penny dreadfuls on the NZX that Sorensen and colleagues have connections with for a reverse listing.

Handley needs to come clean now on any business connections or deals being planned or discussed with Kim Dotcom and known business colleagues of Dotcom. Perhaps he might submit some assurances to the NZX and the Herald about this?

Until then though he can join the list of interested parties mouthing off support for Kim Dotcom with undisclosed baggage lurking in the background.

UK media vs NZ media when reporting on Kim Dotcom

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.

Guardian covers the facts

Guardian covers the facts

US prosecutors have won a court case that brings them a step closer in their attempts to have the Megaupload founder and three of his colleagues extradited from New Zealand.

The appeals court in Wellington overturned an earlier ruling that would have allowed Kim Dotcom and the others broad access to evidence in the case against them at the time of their extradition hearing, which is scheduled for August. The four are accused of facilitating massive copyright fraud through the internetfilesharing 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.

Dotcom back on the net

NZ Herald

Kim Dotcom has been allowed back on the net. I have a feeling that Kim Dotcom is never going to be extradited, that he has plenty of evidence that is going to seriously embarrass the movie studios and recording studios and his case will lead to a worldwide revolt against their insistence at maintaining through legal coercion an old fashioned business model.

What I want to know is when US authorities are going to move against Yousendit and other similar systems that operate in exactly the same way?

Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom has been granted access to the internet, a swim every day and the chance to finish recording an album.

Dotcom and his three co-accused appeared in North Shore District Court this morning, all seeking variations to their bail conditions.

Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, was arrested and locked up pending extradition to the United States after a police raid on January 20.

The 38-year-old and his associates, Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato, are accused of breaching international copyright laws to the value of US$500 million.