Prosecutors: Kim Dotcom has no right to see evidence against him

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, July 6, 2012 13:31 EDT
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Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom  (AFP)
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A New Zealand prosecutor working with U.S. authorities hoping to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom said Thursday that a judge and defense attorneys do not have the right to see the prosecution’s evidence against Dotcom because he’s not facing trial in the country.

Instead, Dotcom’s attorneys will be given a single 40-page document that summarizes information they say is “cherry picked” from almost 22 million emails seized in a raid on his mansion that New Zealand’s high court has since deemed illegal.

The U.S. has asked for a review of the high court’s decision on the basis that it falls outside of an extradition treaty with New Zealand, according to a report in the Fairfax New Zealand News.

Dotcom has in recent weeks taken to blaming U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for the raid on his estate, saying that White House visitor records showed that heads of all the major movie studios — including longtime Biden friend, former U.S. Senator and current Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) chief Chris Dodd — met with an “extradition expert” in the months before of the raid.

He further suggests that the record of this meeting is proof of a conspiracy to sell him out to the studios in exchange for political favors, and while White House visitor records do indeed show that a meeting took place, the actual content of their discussion is still unknown.

The MPAA claimed that his allegation was completely false and that executives were helping Biden prepare for a trip to China for intellectual property discussions.

“There was no White House involvement in the decision to charge this case,” Neil MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, told CNet on Friday.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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