Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Court of Appeal adjourns Dotcom hearing for talks

Appeal court gives lawyers chance to negotiate return of Dotcom's information

By Paul McBeth

Aug. 14 (BusinessDesk) - The Crown and Kim Dotcom continued their tussle over the internet tycoon's seized electronic information in the Court of Appeal today, which adjourned the hearing to let the lawyers try and reach an agreement for the return of the files.

The hearing in Wellington was the latest in a series of legal challenges to head off the US Federal Government’s bid to extradite Dotcom and his co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk to face charges of conspiracy to operate websites used to illegally distribute copyrighted content.

Dotcom and his co-accused are seeking the return of some of the cloned information from devices seized in 2012 and 2013, which his lawyer Paul Davison QC said defied natural justice if access continued to be denied ahead of next February's extradition hearing.

Crown counsel David Boldt told the court the only reason for the delayed return was because encryption codes hadn't been provided to the police as they had previously agreed. Because Ortmann and van der Kolk had provided passwords, they had received clones of their information, he said.

In response to questioning, Boldt said the Attorney, via the Deputy Solicitor General, wants to make a direction under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992 to transmit the original devices in the 2013 bundle to the US and provide clones to the accused once certain conditions have been met, and provided the court with principles the Attorney would adhere to when making a decision.

Justices Ellen France, Tony Randerson and Douglas White adjourned the hearing to let counsel try and negotiate an acceptable direction for the devices.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Science Awards: NZAS Celebrate NZ Scientific Achievements

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. This year’s medal is awarded to Dr Mike Andrews. More>>


Court Rules: Affco 'Unlawfully' Locked Out Meat Workers

The note says the full court found for the plaintiffs, "that is that the defendant locked out the second plaintiffs unlawfully and that it breached s 32 of the Act by acting otherwise than in good faith towards the plaintiffs while collective bargaining was still going on." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news