While much of today’s focus has been on Kim Dotcom tells court he is ‘broke, destitute and penniless’ – his financial situation – there’s some comments amongst the coverage that point to something else of interest.
The High Court in Auckland has also heard that Mona Dotcom was initially hesitant to donate money to the Internet Mana political party, at her husband’s suggestion, but eventually agreed the family trust would give $400,000.
She believed Dotcom’s claims that his involvement with the Internet Mana party would eventually relieve the family of his threat of extradition, she said.
“At the end I was fine with it because Kim explained to me how this Internet Party would benefit us and the kids because it would help him with his political issues,” she said.
She says the Internet Party was intended to help Dotcom with his “political issues” and “relieve the family of his threat of extradition”.
If I remember correctly Dotcom denied his party was targeting his extradition although that was widely believed to be a significant motive.
Dotcom: Well I have to say I was actually quite disappointed when some MPs linked this to my extradition, you know. I think that was very unfortunate because I believe in the New Zealand judicial system, and I wouldn’t accept any minister of justice to overrule what that courts are deciding after, you know a long time evaluating all these legal challenges. So I think that would be wrong, and that’s not why I’m doing this.
So just to be clear, you would be happy for the justice minister to sign the dotted line, you wouldn’t want them to overturn a decision from the courts?
Dotcom: If the courts come to the decision that I should be extradited, well then that’s how it should be.