Mona refused exclusion from Dotcom freezing orders

While Mrs Dotcom separated from the German entrepreneur in May, a recent Court of Appeal decision says she can't separate her assets from freezing orders

Kim Dotcom’s estranged wife, Mona, has failed to have some property excluded from asset freezing orders against her former lover.

While Mrs Dotcom separated from the German entrepreneur in May, a Court of Appeal decision says she can’t separate her assets from freezing orders.

Today’s court decision says Mr Dotcom’s assets will be frozen until April 18, 2015. (see the judgment attached)

Mr Dotcom’s assets have been frozen since 2012 following a police raid on his Coatesville home.

The High Court at Auckland confirmed that the US restraining orders on Mr Dotcom’s assets could be registered in New Zealand.

At the Court of Appeal stage Mona’s lawyer said there was no dispute the former model had interests in property subject to the US restraining orders.
 
The court heard that some is her personal and separate property and she has a relationship property interest in some of the other restrained property.

Lawyers argued Mrs Dotcom has not been charged with any offence and there is no application to extradite her to the United States.

However, these arguments were rejected by the Court of Appeal panel of Mark O’Regan, John Wild and Christine French.

In a separate case, Mr Dotcom will go to the Court of Appeal to fight a High Court ruling that he must disclose what and where his assets are.

Justice Pamela Courtney in High Court at Auckland found in favour of movie studios’ arguments that assets must be disclosed for negotiations to continue.

vyoung@nbr.co.nz

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