The Herald reports:
One of those sought for extradition alongside Kim Dotcom has turned up at a key hearing without a lawyer and the court told an application for legal aid has been made.
The old I no longer have a lawyer, so the hearing must be delayed trick.
At the High Court hearing, lawyers acting for three of the men including Dotcom said more time was needed to prepare for the extradition hearing currently listed to take place in June.
Grant Illingworth, QC, told the court the complex nature of the case required the extradition hearing to be put off again.
He said another factor was the lack of legal representation of Mr. Batato.
“Mr Batato is waiting on a legal aid application. He has no lawyer and won’t have one unless legal aid is granted.”
The charges were laid 40 months ago!!
Yes, 40 months.
More than enough time to get a lawyer, and prepare your legal arguments.
Dotcom has tried everything possible to delay the extradition hearing. There are at least 33 judicial decisions involving him. 23 in the High Court, seven at the Court of Appeal and three in the Supreme Court. has anyone in our legal history even had so many opportunities to litigate their case? There will also be some District Court cases on top of the 33 in the higher courts.