Obama is visiting New Zealand this week and Dotcom saw an opportunity to get him in court.
This week, former US President Barack Obama is set to visit New Zealand. His meetings include the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former prime minister John Key. He may also now make an appearance in court if Kim Dotcom gets his way.
As Reuters reports, Kim Dotcom has requested that Obama appear in court for his damages claim against New Zealand. The request was made by filing an application, which will require a response from the court and possibly Obama or his team.
Back in January, Dotcom sued New Zealand for $6.8 billion due to the loss of business he suffered since 2012, his legal costs, loss of reputation, and loss of investment and purchase opportunities relating to the mansion he rented in Auckland. All that stemmed from the high-profile raid on his house and seizure of assets worth around $17 million. Dotcom genuinely believes his Megaupload business group would be worth $10 billion today if it weren’t for the raid and action against him.
As to why Dotcom wants Obama to give evidence in court, he explains, “There is evidence that President Obama (as he then was) knew the real purpose behind the United States prosecution. That, and further evidence of political motivation in the United States and New Zealand, is set out in the affidavit I have filed in the High Court at Auckland.”
It seems unlikely the court or Obama will consider the request, but stranger things have happened. As Obama is only in New Zealand from Wednesday to Friday and has a packed schedule, I doubt this is going to end with Obama sitting in a court room.