Category: New Zealand

28th Jun 2022

A new dimension in international plea-bargaining? Megaupload pair plead guilty in New Zealand to avoid extradition to the USA

Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk pleaded guilty to charges of causing artists to lose money by deception and being part of a criminal group at the Auckland High Court on 22 June 2022. Both men were officers in the file-hosting website Megaupload, which allowed people to illegally download songs, television shows and films. […]

11th Mar 2022

Russia’s access to INTERPOL restricted

On 10th March 2022, INTERPOL announced that heightened supervision and monitoring measures in relation to Russia had been implemented by the Secretary General and endorsed by INTERPOL’s Executive Committee. The measures, which have taken immediate effect, and were implemented following calls from Ukraine, the UK, and others for Russia’s complete suspension from INTERPOL (covered by […]

4th Aug 2020

China suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty with New Zealand

In the latest move in the ongoing global diplomatic saga surrounding China’s new national security law in Hong Kong, China has suspended extradition from Hong Kong to New Zealand. New Zealand had already suspended extradition to the region following similar moves by the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany. China has criticised the reaction of western […]

29th Jul 2020

New Zealand suspends extradition with Hong Kong

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced yesterday, 28 July, the suspension of extradition arrangements with Hong Kong. New Zealand is the last of the ‘Five Eyes’ allies to take action in response to the passing of a controversial Chinese national security law. In his statement, the Foreign Minister said that the new law meant […]

20th Dec 2018

New Zealand Supreme Court to hear Kim Dotcom final appeal

The internet entrepreneur known as Kim Dotcom, born Kim Schmitz, and three of his ex-colleagues  (Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Botato) will now have their extradition appeals heard in the New Zealand Supreme Court. The four men were originally arrested, in 2012, during a police raid in Auckland. They have been charged, […]

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