3 Jun 2015

Kim Dotcom clings to assets - for now

7:28 pm on 3 June 2015

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom has notched up a victory in a legal tussle over whether he should have to forfeit his assets.

Kim Dotcom outside the Auckland District Court.

Kim Dotcom Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker WIlson

The High Court has banned the Crown from enforcing a United States order that would forfeit the internet businessman's assets to the American courts.

In a judgement issued today, Justice Ellis said letting the Crown register the order here would mean it would have complete control over Mr Dotcom's frozen assets.

She said that could deprive Mr Dotcom and his co-accused of their ability to defend their upcoming extradition, because they would have no way of funding their defence.

Justice Ellis ruled that the Commissioner of Police should take no further action to register the forfeiture order until the High Court ruled otherwise.

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