Prime Minister John Key is standing by his assertion that he knew nothing of tech millionaire Kim Dotcom until the day before his arrest.
Dotcom, who is battling extradition to the US on internet piracy charges, yesterday accused Key of lying - and said he will prove it in court.
Key has maintained his first he learned of the German entrepreneur was on January 19, when he was briefed about a joint FBI-New Zealand Police raid on his Coatesville mansion.
Speaking on his way to the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, Key said Dotcom is "just plain wrong".
"I've always said, to the best of my recollection, the first I ever heard of the guy was January 19.
"My office have extensively looked at the meetings I've held, the correspondence I've had both in my electorate office and my parliamentary office and I've seen nothing to conflict that view.
"I have no doubt that he'll try and draw one and one together and he'll get three, as he has in the past - this is a guy who has publicly made quite a few statements that have been proven to be incorrect.''
The onus in now on Dotcom to put up or shut up. Let's not forget that Mr Dotcom has a very shady past including convictions in Germany and Hong Kong, and that despite the media in New Zealand fawning over him (until last week's Sunday programme, which was the first to bust the myth) is still under threat of extradition to the USA to face charges of:
- Conspiracy to commit racketeering;
- Conspiracy to commit copyright infringement;
- Conspiracy to commit money laundering;
- Criminal copyright infringement by distributing copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution on a computer network and aiding and abetting criminal copyright infringement;
- Criminal copyright infringement by electronic means and aiding and abetting criminal copyright infringement.
If Dotcom has evidence that John Key has lied about him, he should front up with it rather than continuing the innuendo. But we won't hold our breath.