More than 20,000 hours have been clocked up by Crown
lawyers working on the Kim Dotcom case, it has been reported.
The figure is estimated to be the equivalent of around $6
million in legal fees if the work had been carried out by a
private firm, according to Radio New Zealand, which obtained
the details under the Official Information Act.
It includes around 1400 hours of work undertaken by several
private lawyers on behalf of the Crown, at a cost of nearly
$400,000. The figures, obtained from Crown Law, also revealed
nearly $70,000 had been spent on travel and accommodation
related to numerous court hearings.
The information dates back to January 2012, when the internet
mogul was arrested during a raid at his Coatesville mansion.
Since then Dotcom has been fighting attempts to extradite him
to the United States, where he faces charges of piracy, money
laundering and racketeering.
Almost 190 court hours have been spent on the Dotcom
proceedings so far - the equivalent of 54 ordinary sitting
A Crown Law spokeswoman told RNZ it was important to remember
that the Dotcom proceedings were not just one court case but
several related cases.
It was not the first case of this magnitude, she said, with
similar amounts of time being spent on the Ahmed Zaoui case
and the David Bain Privy Council appeal and re-trial.
Meanwhile, a report into police handling of the Dotcom spying
allegations is due to be released by the Independent Police
Conduct Authority today.
It follows a complaint laid by Green Party co-leader Russel
Norman last year in relation to how police dealt with his
complaint about surveillance of the German millionaire.