Dotcom on verge of losing Chrisco mansion

Mr Dotcom's lawyers have warned if the German internet tycoon doesn't meet a looming rent payments, he will lose his lease on the Chrisco mansion and forfeit the $6 million he spent on improvements.

Auckland High Court has just heard the Dotcom family need $28,000 a month to cover their living expenses.

It also needs $220,000 for a one-month lease payment for the rented mansion in Coatesville - of which a quarter has already been paid.

"If they don't make these payments, then they lose the lease. and then all their improvements of $6 million will be forfeited to the landlord," Mr Dotcom's lawyer William Akel told Auckland High Court.

"They want that as their home."

To the crown's skepticism of the size of Mr Dotcom's living expense needs, Mr Akel said it was a big residential property and the maintenance bill was huge.

The Dotcoms also needed a car released from among the assets frozen since Mr Dotcom's dramatic arrest last month, but whether that would be Mr or Mrs Dotcom's car was not known by lawyers in the court this afternoon.

Mr Akel argued the Crown's earlier argument that Mr Dotcom's request for $300,000 to cover living expenses made him a a flight risk was "a bit harsh" Mr Akel said.

"We can't seem to win either way on these issues."

Mr Akel said he was sure appropriate mechanisms could be put in place to ensure Mr Dotcom did not flee the country ahead of his extradition hearing - which could be months away.

This afternoon, Mr Akel also told the court more transparency was needed between the Crown and US authorities as to what it was asking from the court.

Mrs Dotcom's lawyer Aaron Lloyd said the request for expenses needed to be treated with urgency, given Mrs Dotcom was 33-weeks pregnant with twins.

He said the Crown's skepticism as to the size of the expense request was unreasonable.

"Mr Dotcom is having to prepare for a unique and pretty big legal battle here, in circumstances where he doesn't have access to email."

 Some of the expenses were specific to those circumstances, for example the request for $1000 a month to pay for two phone bills.

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So if Kim Dotcom is not extradited and found not guilty and has a loss of $6 million because N.Z. was just doing what the U.S. wanted who will repay Kim Dotcom for his loses? The U.S. or N.Z., I'm guessing it will be N.Z.

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I'm not sure what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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I'm not sure what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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So how is it that they are arguing about the level of financial punishment before any hearing of evidence of guilt has been made?

The justice system has been turned into a subjective farce where the State is judge, jury and executioner by the facist Proceeds of Crime Act.

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I must say Im surprised at the attitude the Court is taking in this case. In many other cases they bend over backwards for the defendent often ignoring the victims.It seems Dotcom is guilty as far as the Court is concerned until he proves his innocence to the US Courts. IMHO the NZ Court is just a little too forelock tugging to the FBI and US Courts. If they have a case then lets hear it. Trouble is NZ Judicary are a bunch of 'Trust us we know what we are doing" when often they have proved themselves otherwise

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I must say Im surprised at the attitude the Court is taking in this case. In many other cases they bend over backwards for the defendent often ignoring the victims.It seems Dotcom is guilty as far as the Court is concerned until he proves his innocence to the US Courts. IMHO the NZ Court is just a little too forelock tugging to the FBI and US Courts. If they have a case then lets hear it. Trouble is NZ Judicary are a bunch of 'Trust us we know what we are doing" when often they have proved themselves otherwise

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Disgarceful pandering to the loony USA authorities and NZ legal fraternity who don't have the balls to tell the Americans to take a hike and also tell them they have no jurisdiction over NZ law.

The NZ legal fraternity all have small appendages and bend over to the larger US machine.
Times have changed and in recent years the USA has proven it is now a former world power, not the world leader

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Come on NZ Judiciary, give the big middle finger to the USofA, just like one of your famous son's Lange did many years ago. Dotcom and his wife and enterage deserves proper defence from thugs that citizens of NZ deserve .

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Give the big man a break. So he has expenses greater than most of us - so what! I just don't think it is the NZ way to treat someone so heavy handedly at the behest of a foreign country - for reasons that don't add up. I'm reminded of the consequences of USA assertions regarding Iraq.

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Maybe he should have started a finance company :-) He'd be fine then

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Maybe he should have started a finance company :-) He'd be fine then

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Hotchin has now gone 15 months with his assets frozen and still has not been charged with anything!

He is having to make do with only $1k per week so in comparison Dotcom is doing quite well.

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Excellent comparison between Dotcom and Hotchin.

One is charged, hauled before the court and given a 'fair' hearing and seeks $28k a month to live on.

The other is forced to live on $4-5k a month yet has not had any charges laid against him. The comment above about innocent before being proven guilty is a crock in this country.

There needs to be a shake up in the courts as justice is being mocked.

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Hopefully Dotcon will be extradited asap so that this matter can be heard in a country with a real justice system

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The yanks are using this as a test case to see how far our stupid, cops, judges and politicians will let them reach their facist empire into our country.

They knew Dotcom was travelling to US in the middle of this year anyway, they could have arrested him then.

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Campbell Live is devoting all of tonight's programme to an interview with Big-boy.

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I wonder if John Campbell could ask a hard news question like "who did you pay to get your visa when you weren't legally entitled come to New Zealand?"

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For how long, will NZ police pander to the FBI.

DotCom seems to have done little wrong, yet the FBI style raid, and over zealous courts, seem to be very biased - is it the FBI influence, lets think of recent fraudsters in NZ. How many were in custody awaiting trial.

And, with the copyright charges, why have the FBI and NZ authorities not gone after other copyright infringers...... NZ Postal service, every courier company etc etc. Almost all forms document forwarding and transmission services should be hunted down and put out of business as a result of the precedent from this case.

I hope Dotcom manages to sue for damages and loss of his business etc once the case is dropped - here comes a NZ$250 million case......... Where will the FBI be then?

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Hotchin living on a $4-5K a month....... Unlikely.

That goes to prove, he has many other sources of funding, offshore accounts, trust income etc.

Lets also remember, Hotchin lost $######### of investors money, probably fraudulently. (will leave that for the courts to decide)

Mr Dotcom's only alleged crime, is providing a service that allowed infringement of copyright. How many ordinary investors have lost money from Mr Dotcom. ZERO.

Frankly, I wish NZ had more Multi Millionaires developing their properties and local communities and their infrastructure. If it happened in a few hundred other communities around NZ, we would all be better off.

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Oh spare me the idiotic rhetoric.\ in here.

I wonder how many yanks feel the FBI were the lackeys of big brother kiwi when they arrested the NZ/ Chinese wife killer and child deserter at NZ police's request?

It cuts both ways. And of course, he too was "innocent until proven guilty". Cue the Tui's Ad.

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Oh spare me the idiotic rhetoric in here.

I wonder how many yanks feel the FBI were the lackeys of big brother kiwi when they arrested the NZ/ Chinese wife killer and child deserter at NZ police's request?

It cuts both ways. And of course, he too was "innocent until proven guilty". Cue the Tui's Ad.

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The Three Little Pigs....as portrayed by the press....they could do the sequel on Kim Dotcom.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2012/feb/29/open-journalism-three-...

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