18 Nov 2012

PM knew about me earlier, says Dotcom

10:06 pm on 18 November 2012

Prime Minister John Key says he is standing by his earlier statements that the first he knew of Kim Dotcom was on 19 January this year, when police raided the internet entrepreneur's mansion.

Speaking on Television New Zealand's current affairs programme Q + A programme on Sunday Kim Dotcom said he had evidence John Key knew who he was earlier than he was saying.

Mr Key has maintained he found out who Kim Dotcom was only the day before police raided the internet entrepreneur's mansion.

Mr Dotcom told Q + A that his legal team will reveal proof disputing that at an upcoming court hearing.

Interviewer: "Do you believe John Key has lied?"

Kim Dotcom: "Yes."

Interviewer: "Do you have evidence of this?"

Kim Dotcom: "Yes."

The United States is seeking to extradite Mr Dotcom, a German national with New Zealand residency, on charges of copyright infringement and money laundering.

The co-founder of file-sharing site Megaupload claims that Mr Key is not telling the truth, because it will show the Government had a larger role in the ongoing extradition process than it is letting on.

"That's the political interference element that could stop the whole extradition procedure.

"If we can show that the Government he has had an active role in the magnitude of this whole case and had a proactive role, rather than a reactive role, to impress the United States government."

During the interview, Mr Dotcom also talked about being disappointed that his former friend, MP John Banks, did not tell the truth about campaign donations he had received from him.

Kim Dotcom will be back in court this week over the extradition matter, but believes it could be up to a decade before his legal battles are over.