Kim Dotcom's bail is to be decided today. Starts at 10am.
NO 1 COURT BEFORE THE HON. JUSTICE POTTER
Ground Floor (Old Building)
CIV2012-404-0033 THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE v KIM DOTCOM & ORS
(A Toohey) ( A Lloyd ,P Davison QC)
Application for Registration of Foreign Restraining Orders
The NZ Police are acting for - acting as agents of - the US government in this matter. The NZ government have thus taken sides in this dispute (that is essentially civil rather than criminal - being a copyright infringement issue) and now they bring the full weight of the Crown's institutional position upon the Mega Upload principals. Despite Kim's fame, fortune and a QC the deck is stacked against him.
Hopefully the judiciary will demonstrate that they are independent of government and continue Kim's bail. He will have to wait many months for the extradition hearing and having to wait in a remand cell is onerous.
The prosecution's contention that he is a flight risk seems self-fulfilling. It would be rational and quite reasonable for him to flee if they tried to remand him in jail on a charge that would not be extraditable in his home country (Germany). Kim's treatment by NZ authorities has been dismal. Who could blame him for fleeing a country that he deposits millions of dollars with only to have that and his other assets seized by that country's government on behalf of another country for a crime that isn't even a crime in the country he is in? Is this the way we treat our guests and residents?