‘Dotgone’ inside a year

Get used to orange, fatty

Law professor Bill Hodge reckons Kim Dotcom will be Kim ‘Dotgone’ inside of a year.

NBR reports: Quote:

A law professor says Kim Dotcom is one fast-tracked Supreme Court appeal away from extradition to the US as early as next year.

The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Mr Dotcom, plus co-defendants, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato are eligible to be extradited for their participation in alleged criminal copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering.

The charges relate to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

Mr Dotcom called the decision “extremely disappointing” and said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.

The final decision as to whether the four men will be extradited will be made by Justice Minister Andrew Little.

In a statement, Mr Dotcom said he was confident the Supreme Court would hear the appeal because of the significant legal issues at stake.

The German-Finnish tech entrepreneur estimates he has spent 165 days in court and spent $40 million in legal fees on the case.

?He has had the benefit of the very best New Zealand legal talent and he has tested our legal system in a way that hasn?t been done before,? says Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge. End quote.

Yes, but every step up the ladder gets more and more difficult. He can only appeal on points of law and all the verbiage, since the Court of Appeal agreed with the District Court and the High Court, has been focused on an issue that simply isn’t in dispute. Dotcom keeps on banging on about copyright infringement, but there are plenty of other charges for which there is prima facie evidence. Racketeering, fraud and money laundering for a start. Those are extraditable offences.

Of course, he still has to get leave. The Supreme Court might say no; the District Court, the High Court and now the Court of Appeal all agree. What are the chances the Supreme Court will disagree? Quote:

Mr Hodge agrees the Supreme Court is likely to hear the case but says it could be a speedy ruling against Mr Dotcom.

?The Supreme Court will try to get this through and off its books as soon as possible.

?I suspect he?ll get to see this Christmas in New Zealand but not the Christmas of 2019,? he says.

Mr Dotcom and his Megaupload co-accused lost their extradition case in December 2015 at the North Shore District Court but have since made appeals to the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

In their decision, Justices Stephen K?s, Christine French and Forrie Miller said they were ?satisfied New Zealand law permits extradition for copyright infringement in the circumstances of this case.?

In a tweet on Thursday, Mr Dotcom shared a video of his five children telling him they loved him.

?I decided to share it with you just so you know that I?ll never give up,? he wrote.

?We?ll get a fair judgment from the Supreme Court. That’s where the rigging ends.? End quote.

No, it’s where the playing of the system ends.

Andrew Little will have to explain away all those visits to the Dotcom mansion if he does let him stay.