New Zealand court rejects Megaupload founder's call for…

A large number of roads in Canberra had to be closed down when US President Barack Obama visited there in 2011

The request was made by filing an application, which will require a response from the court and possibly Obama or his team.

The 56-year-old is tipped to stay at luxury lodge The Landing and take on his pal Sir John Key in a game of golf.

The Chief High Court Judge, Justice Geoffrey Venning, convened an urgent telephone conference this morning to deal with the application.

Dotcom and several other New Zealand-based defendants have denied the allegations.

In a separate case, Dotcom filed claims for damages of roughly US$10 billion in December against USA and New Zealand authorities "for the destruction of Megaupload" and the constraints on his liberty for more than seven years.

Sir John said he thought Mr Obama was a "much loved" person in New Zealand, who people "would love to have the opportunity to see and hear from".

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Megaupload was shut down in 2012, while Obama was president, after an FBI-ordered raid on Dotcom's Auckland mansion.

However, Dotcom conceded that in the absence of a court order it was unlikely Obama would give evidence, while it was not practical to obtain a subpoena order before a trial date had been allocated.

Justice Venning says the application is premature and, in any event, if Mr Obama had relevant information and was compellable as a witness he would need time to prepare.

One of the lawyers for the Crown also argued Mr Obama could not be called on due to a provision in the Evidence Act 2006, which states that a foreign country's head of state cannot be compelled to give evidence.

"We were the flawless target - successful, high profile, and based outside the United States", he said.

"Both my legal team and I are confident that there will be no extradition and that we will soon be able to switch from defence to offence".


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