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