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German police clearance may have been forged or faked


A developing story out of New Zealand indicates a government inquiry has been launched into Kim Dotcom’s (born Kim Schmitz) residency as legal experts doubt his alleged clear criminal record.

Dotcom is a German-Finnish computer programmer and businessman who rose to prominence during the dot-com bubble and was convicted of insider trading and embezzlement in its aftermath. He is also known as the founder of Megaupload and its associated websites. He legally changed his surname to Dotcom circa 2005. On January 20, 2012, the New Zealand police placed him in custody under the charges of criminal copyright infringement in relation to his Megaupload website.

German law dictates Dotcom’s convictions should not have been wiped before 2017 and one lawyer believes he may have forged his way into New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand, every foreign national must present a police clearance form and until now New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has insisted Kim Dotcom’s was clean, but yesterday admitted their background checking process is flawed and that a Government inquiry is underway.

“There’s clearly an anomaly between the way the law is interpreted with tests between residency and the Overseas Investment Act because one looks at convictions and one looks at records and that’s a slightly different test,” says Prime Minister John Key.

Regardless of how the law was interpreted it’s clear that New Zealand’s residency and immigration background check program is severely flawed if source documents are not validated.

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