New Zealand's High Court Steps Into Extradition Fight Over Kim Dotcom

from the not-so-simple dept

As the Justice Department continues to pretend there's nothing strange at all about its highly questionable tactics in shutting down Megaupload and having its executives arrested, the courts are still struggling with the details. A few weeks back, we noted that a judge in New Zealand rejected the US's demand that New Zealand merely rubberstamp an extradition order to the US, despite there being numerous questions over the case itself and whether or not extradition is appropriate. As part of that, the judge also ordered the US Attorneys to hand over the evidence they're using to make the case against Dotcom and his colleagues, such that they can properly respond to the evidence. The US, as you might expect has gone absolutely ballistic about this, insisting that such an effort is impossible -- and that "it would take at least two months" to get the evidence together.

Of course, to some of us, that suggests that the DOJ hasn't yet looked at the evidence -- and thus it shut down the company and arrested its staff first, without even knowing if a crime had been committed.

Either way, that months-long delay presented a problem, since New Zealand had scheduled the extradition hearing for August 6th, and the Megaupload legal team deserved some time with the evidence to formulate its defense. The latest, however, is that New Zealand's High Court has agreed to an "urgent review" of the original ruling. The court also told the US to start the process of putting together the evidence to hand over to Dotcom's lawyers, but that it can wait until the High Court has reviewed the case before actually handing them over.

No matter what, this is once again showing the US's hubris in this case -- assuming it could waltz into New Zealand, with highly questionable evidence, shut down a company, and extradite the executives to the US without anyone asking questions. With each move in this case, more questions are raised about the competence of the DOJ staff who worked on this case, led by Neil MacBride -- a former "anti-piracy VP" for the copyright industries, who may have let his biases and previous (and future?) employers' interests get the best of him.

Filed Under: copyright, doj, evidence, extradition, high court, kim dotcom, neil macbride, new zealand, us
Companies: megaupload

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    Chargone (profile), 16 Jun 2012 @ 5:30am

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    further, there's good odds the current administration was meddling in the process. they've managed to establish themselves a bit of a reputation as dishonest, incompetent, unwilling to listen to the public if they can possibly get away with it, and quite prone to supposedly doing what the public wants then later, quietly, changing it Back to the thing everyone was protesting against without any mention making it's way into the news until after the fact, if at all.

    as has been pointed out quite often, the current administration has a majority in parliament (just, barely, squeeked it.), but it has no mandate.

    (meanwhile it's pushing HARD for the one thing even it's Own Supporters hated... the PM keeps trying to claim that people voted for it knowing they were going to do the asset sales thing, he won the election, thus they have a mandate to do it. missing that even their own supporters were against That part of their plan, even when otherwise supporting them and considering all other parties to be much worse. a 50%+1 (or maybe 2) majority does not a mandate make when a record 1/4th of the electorate DID NOT VOTE, you got TIES in some electorates, came close enough in others that it had to be disputed in court or whatever due to error margins, and even the people who supported you are speaking out against what you're claiming to have a mandate to do! meanwhile, the whole mega-upload thing is bleeding national of the saner portion of it's voter base (the ones who actually think) due to all sorts of different parts of it's handling. the only people who actually Support the government/US on this are the sort of rabid crazies who think ANYTHING that isn't going exactly how their perfect party wants is due to 'whinging and ignorance' on the part of some nebulous 'left'... never mind that their so called 'left' makes up closer to 3/4ths of the electorate and parliament than 1/2 when nothing suspect happens with the elections and economically only has 'National and ACT need to stop being idiots and trying to copy the Failed US model' in common. )

    gah. rant got away from me again. i'm not good at staying on topic at all, am i?

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