Kim Dotcom's oft-delayed extradition hearing began on Monday 21 Sep, nearly three years and 10 months since the infamous raid of Dotcom's New Zealand mansion. Over that time span, Dotcom's legal team has managed to drag out the affair through 10 extradition hearing delays and various other legal maneuvering. And according to some number crunching from the New Zealand Herald (confirmed by the Crown Law Office, the NZ prosecutors representing the US there), Dotcom's trials and tribulations have cost NZ taxpayers nearly NZ$5.8 million in legal fees (or approximately $3.7 million).
The total cost is just one of the eye-dropping[sic] Dotcom-related numbers the Herald outlined this weekend. To start, it's been 1337 total days since the raid. And in total, 29,344 hours of legal work has been made possible through taxpayer investments; two-thirds of those hours have gone specifically towards the extradition request according to the paper. With the base rate for Crown solicitors set at NZ$198/hour, the Herald puts the current cost at the NZ$5.8 million figure above. Dotcom took to Twitter to note that such a calculation means NZ has spent almost the equivalent of half of its 2014 budget for Crown prosecutions on Dotcom alone. (In contrast, the Herald reports Dotcom has spent an estimated NZ$10 million, roughly $6.4M, on his defense.)
(Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 01 2015, @02:59AM
Certainly a hero to many here and at Slashdot. I keep forgetting who he is but every time he scratches his ass another story shows up here or at Slashdot.
(Score: 1, Redundant) by liquibyte on Thursday October 01 2015, @03:04AM
We're not on slashdot.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 01 2015, @09:40PM
I know, those are three big words, but read them multiple times and the meaning might sink in for you.
(Score: 5, Interesting) by Fluffeh on Thursday October 01 2015, @03:18AM
I wouldn't consider him a hero - just someone who made a website that allowed folks to do the wrong thing. Having said that, I don't see "allowing" someone to do the wrong thing the same as "doing it yourself" which seems to be the prosecution case in most of these types of trials.
To hear that about half NZ money set aside for prosecutions was spent on this one guy is simply disgusting. Whatever you think of the guy, while the overall crime rate is falling in NZ, sexual assaults have been increasing over the last three years - so there's a good place to spend some money. Oh yeah, you still have stuff to rebuild in Christchurch as well, so there's another good place to spend some money.
So, all in all, what do I think of NZ spending millions of dollars on extraditing him to the US? Waste of damn money, terrible misuse of taxation dollars that would likely anger most of the folks in NZ if they knew what it was being spent on.
(Score: 5, Insightful) by Mr Big in the Pants on Thursday October 01 2015, @05:01AM
- The US told them to. John Key is a blatant US sycophant and narcissist - sucking up to the US and looking good are two of his major goals.
- He is in bed with the movie industry and recently changed our employment law at their behest to suit them.
- Its not the current Govt's money so they could not care less about the cost.
- Should their case be found wanting Dotcom will have the right to sue and even a failed attempt at this will get major media traction
- This governemnt is extremely poll focused so bad media is something they fear.
- Should Dotcom win people will refocus from this media circus to the ACTUAL important issue which is the police, govt and spy agency conduct throughout which has been embarrassingly atrocious.
In NZ's tiny democracy this case is a big deal and there is a LOT of egg waiting to spill on someone...
(Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Friday October 02 2015, @12:39AM
I absolutely agree with Mr Big in the Pants. John Key has ruled by focus group since the beginning, and it's always been my personal conspiracy theory that he will leverage all his goodwill with the Yanks when his time as PM finishes and get some great job.
I always thought it would be Ambassador to Washington, but maybe he would aim higher, perhaps some plum UN thing?
(Score: 2) by Mr Big in the Pants on Friday October 02 2015, @04:17AM
Jim Bolger did that previously and he has a holiday home in hawaii...
(Score: 5, Interesting) by Anal Pumpernickel on Thursday October 01 2015, @08:48AM
I wouldn't consider him a hero - just someone who made a website that allowed folks to do the wrong thing.
I don't think sharing is wrong. The only ethical issue I see is spreading around non-free proprietary user-subjugating software and then encouraging others to run it, but you can do that at so many websites.
If you meant "illegal" instead of "wrong", then perhaps that is true according to the ones currently in power. But those two things are not at all the same.
(Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 01 2015, @03:19AM
He's sticking it to the man which is always good.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 01 2015, @09:46PM
Ah, to be back in Junior High. Enjoy these days while you can.