John Key’s personal attack pet, Cameron Slater, must denigrate and slander Kim Dotcom’s name and the right wing media and punditry all need to have their spin lines set because of the threat Kim poses to the Prime Minister.
Chris Barton has written possibly the best explanation and back ground to the legal case against Kim Dotcom in the NZ Herald today…
Disclosure was at the heart of the Supreme Court appeal that Dotcom has just lost. Four judges ruled that all that was required in the extradition hearing was a summary – “record of case” – of the evidence provided by the United States. The dissenting voice was Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias who pointed out the Extradition Act states the record of case “must include both ‘a summary of the evidence acquired to support the request for the surrender of the person’ and ‘other relevant documents, including photographs and copies of documents’.” She also noted that natural justice requires those charged are to be informed “in detail of the nature of the charge”, and are to have “the right to adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence”. On the face of it, it’s hard to disagree with such a fundamental right – especially when facing the prospect of being locked up in a United States prison. The majority of Supreme Court judges however said, despite the wording of our Act, natural justice was overruled by our international obligations and the purposes of our extradition treaty with the United States. They did say: “Requesting states, however, owe a duty of candour and good faith to the extradition court. They must disclose any evidence that would render worthless, undermine or seriously detract from the evidence upon which they rely, whether on its own or in combination with material that is in the requesting state’s possession or is drawn to its attention by the requested persons or the Court.”
Bizarre, because that’s exactly the sort of information Dotcom is seeking, but can’t get -essentially arguing that the case against him as presented is one sided and with inferences and bias. And that he has a right to see the documents and context from which the case arose.
…the reason the Right are waging a full scale sleaze and smear campaign against Kim is because the NSA will have evaluated what Snowden is about to release around Kim’s July court date alongside the evidence Kim has to prove Key has lied to the people of NZ and they know they must discredit Kim as much as they can before that information gets made public. The Right desperately need to throw as many Nazi slurs and fabrications at Dotcom because come the Court case, they know the evidence against Key and what our intelligence agencies have actually been getting up to will erupt 8 weeks out from an election.
Let the Right throw as much slime as they like, Key’s infamous teflon suit is months away from being stained beyond repair.