The NZ government had no intention of handing Kim Dotcom over to the Yanks. It screwed up the legal proceedings deliberately, at minimum knowingly.What a hoot.
SOPA failed, PIPA failed, ACTA is failing - and now NZ has screwed the FBI.
Hollywood will not be pleased.The criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial, the judge overseeing the case has told the FBI.
United States district court judge Liam O'Grady said he didn't know if "we are ever going to have a trial in this matter" after being told Dotcom's file-sharing company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US.
The comment has been seized on by Dotcom's lawyers, who say it could lead to the extradition case in New Zealand being tossed out.
It follows a paperwork error by New Zealand authorities, who seized Dotcom's property without giving proper notice. The restraining order on his property was finally granted last week.
I wonder if we screwed up on purpose. I would like to think we did.
Still, the US still has the option of a bunch of Navy Seals flying in from OZ on long-range 'copters or summit. Perhaps those marines playing wargames in Hawkes Bay could go "AWOL" for a few hours.Crown lawyers acting for the United States knew before seizing Kim Dotcom's fortune and property that they were using an unlawful court order.
The High Court file has revealed Crown prosecutor Anne Toohey realised there was a paperwork problem on the morning of the January raid.
Been done before, I'm told.