New Govt could block Dotcom extradition

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's extradition could be decided by Labour or Greens, one of which says it will not allow him to be sent to the United States.

The FBI is seeking Dotcom's extradition to the US on charges of criminal copyright violation.

But the Justice Minister has the final say on an extradition order, and a new government could be more likely to block Dotcom's extradition.

The extradition hearing is set for July 31, and may not be resolved before the general election.

Greens leader Russel Norman told 3 News that a Greens government would probably fight to keep Mr Dotcom in New Zealand.

He said that he did not support the extradition process.

"I just don't think it's fair... look at the way they have been acting illegally against him ... They illegally raided his mansion, they illegally obtained evidence, they illegally gave the evidence to the US Government against the directions of a judge. That is not a lawful or fair process."

Labour leader David Cunliffe this morning rejected any suggestion that Labour would block an extradition order.

He said that the court process so far appeared to show that Government's actions were flawed, but he respected the separation between the judicial process and political matters.

Prime Minister John Key said opposition parties were "foolish" for discussing an intervention in Dotcom's extradition.

"We have an extradition treaty with the United States. In my view this is not a political issue. This is an issue where the United States is invoking the extradition treaty.

"Mr Dotcom is before the courts, and I actually think it's very foolish of politicians to personalise a particular issue."

Asked whether the Government was likely to comply with the court's decision on Dotcom's extradition, he said that the Justice Minister Judith Collins had the final say and she would have to be satisfied with the process.

Mrs Collins said it was irresponsible to comment on the outcome of an extradition order before it had been referred to the minister by the court.

By Isaac Davison of the New Zealand Herald

Selling us down the river

To the USA, sparrowhawk. If only that was true. Sadly it was Helen Clarke that sold us down the river to China in 1998. And this is why there  are few jobs left in manufacturing in this country.

Fact of the matter is that most that are "anti green party" will vote National just to keep the greens out. And on that note, I will guarantee you (with almost 100% certainty) there will be another 3 years of National in charge.

Just not true

photonz: yes that would be terrible, if it were true.

But as the article explains the law is written in such a way that the Minister of Justice has the final say in matters of extradition. Mr Dotcom (what a silly name) is of course not being extradited because of his past convictions but because he's being fitted up the the USA, and apparently their NZ proxy the GCSB.

bananas

No, it's already a banana republic run by a PM that does whatever he likes. And all he can do is continue to name call. Opposition members are 'foolish' and 'idiots', and he is the only one that matters. He doesnt stand up for any of his own people. He has sold us all down the river to the Americans. In more words quoted from Paul Keating, I hope Kim Dotcom 'does him slowly'.

Labour Greens

Greens are the main reason I won't vote Labour - for exactly this sort of nonsense.

NZ to become a Banana republic?

So Russell Norman wants to run NZ like a banana republic, so that whenever he feels like it, he simply makes a decision, before the court has even ruled on it.

Are there are others with a long list of criminal convictions (like Dotcom) that he wants to let off the hook? 

 

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