Megaupload

Hey Phil, shut up and actually read the indictment

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Phil Quin ignorantly writes in a newspaper:

Like many Kiwis, I took an instant dislike to Kim Dotcom. Aside from anything else, it saved time.[…]

But we can’t, and nor should we, prosecute and imprison detestable people simply for being detestable. And in the case of Kim Dotcom and his erstwhile colleagues at Mega Upload, questions of justice, dubious political motivations, not to mention basic questions of procedural fairness, must surely outweigh our distaste at the spectre of Kim Dotcom.End of quote.

You could say that Kiwis are divided into two groups: those that think Kim Dotcom is innocent and a victim and those that believe he is guilty and has more than outstayed his welcome. I say Kiwis are actually divided into those that have actually read the indictment against him and those that haven’t. Quote:

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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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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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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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The Dotcom extradition special post

Right, now we know his time is limited we need to set about having an extradition party.

But to celebrate this judgment, forgive me if I don’t just enjoy myself a little bit.

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Judge Dawson: The “overwhelming preponderance” of evidence against the men established a prima facie case

Judge Nevin Dawson has delivered his verdict and decided that Kim Dotcom should face extradition to the US.

Predictably the left-wing has unhinged itself claiming all sorts of conspiracies, but the Judge has seen through all that and booted him.

Ironically those wailing the loudest are those formerly on his payroll.

Kim Dotcom should be sent to the United States to stand trial on criminal charges, a New Zealand court has ruled.

In a decision delivered in district court this afternoon, Judge Nevin Dawson ruled the internet entrepreneur and his three co-accused – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato – were eligible for extradition to the US.

The FBI had been seeking their extradition on charges of copyright infringement, money-laundering and racketeering related to the now-defunct file-storage website Megaupload.

It was a result the Megaupload founder has been trying to prevent since his 2012 arrest during a dramatic raid on his mansion north of Auckland.

During a 10-week court hearing that ended last month, the men’s lawyers argued Megaupload was created simply to allow people to store and share large files. ?? Read more »

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

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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 »

Kim Dotcom is no longer a pauper as he gains access to $50m

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Kim Dotcom has partially unlocked access to a $50 million pool of cash in Hong Kong to pay for living expenses and legal bills after telling a judge he had no more money available in New Zealand, it has been reported.

A written judgment is not yet available, but South China Morning Post is reporting that the internet entrepreneur got access to $80,000 a month after telling a Hong Kong judge he was broke and needed access to money in Hong Kong seized at the request of the United States.

$80,000 a month is a mere pittance for a guy like Dotcom. ?He was destitute on $100,000 a month previously. ?But at least this will put him in a position where he can perhaps catch up on some of his overdue invoices before he leaves for the US. ? Read more »

Tainted Fisher defends Dotcom, and gets it wrong

Fisher gagging on fatty German sausage again. ?It’s almost (b)romantic.

As Kim Dotcom waits for a judge to decide if he will be extradited to face criminal copyright charges, a former employee is walking out of jail after serving time on the FBI accusations the internet tycoon continues to deny.

Andrus Nomm had three years of anxiety over the charges resulting from the FBI operation against the filesharing business Megaupload.com. They were claims of a vast criminal copyright conspiracy operated through one of the world’s most popular websites.

Then, earlier this year, Nomm ended the waiting by cutting a deal with United States prosecutors. The result – a 366-day sentence (with an early parole), three years of supervision and a US$175 million judgment.

A database of federal prisoners has Nomm listed as due for release today.

A?database eh Tainty boy? ? Nothing beats on-the-spot intel. ?Whaleoil’s reporter who visited Nomm can confirm he isn’t due for release until next month. ? Read more »

And now we wait…

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Kim Dotcom’s time-wasting to prevent extradition is almost at an end. The case has now been heard and the judge must go away and decide whether or not he can extradited.

The Kim Dotcom extradition hearing has finally wrapped up – six weeks after it was due to finish.

Now Judge Nevin Dawson has the unenviable task of wading through hundreds of pages of evidence and hours of submissions to make the decision on whether the internet entrepreneur and his three co-accused are sent to the United States to face a trial.

The FBI laid charges in January 2012 when Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato were indicted on 13 charges including copyright infringement, racketeering, money laundering and fraud.If found guilty, the men could face lengthy jail terms.

The German-born mogul was not at Auckland District Court today to see the climax of the case. He tentatively limped out of court yesterday grimacing with back pain after a fall at home and his attendance was excused. ?? Read more »

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