Across the Ditch: High Court Rules on Dotcom Case Technicality + NZ Cricket Beats Sth Africa

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Across the Ditch: Australian radio FiveAA.com.au’s Peter Godfrey and EveningReport.nz’s Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin of news and events from each side of the Tasman. This week: The New Zealand High Court rules on a technicality supporting the Dotcom defence claims. ALSO< New Zealand beat South Africa in the Cricket, levelling the five match series with one-win-each. The third of the five match one day international series will play at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Saturday. INTRO: Weather comparison + FX + Headlines Roundup + Any topic you may want to raise

ITEM ONE: – Kim Dotcom Case

A new High Court judgment suggests the charges laid against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and colleagues were civil in nature rather than criminal (as the original arrest and search warrants stated.

The technicality is a serious breach by the Crown and one which may see Dotcom have the case of alleged copyright infringement and money laundering thrown out of court.

See David Fishers’ report (NZHerald.co.nz)

ITEM TWO: Kiwi’s level with South Africa 1 match each in a five match ODI series.

Just when we thought the Blackcaps had met their match against South Africa, the Kiwis pulled off a win against the tourists deep in earthquake country at Hagley Oval in Christchurch yesterday (Wednesday).

The match was played on the sixth anniversary of the deadly Christchurch earthquake which killed 185 people.

The Boss, Bruce Springsteen played a concert there the night before. The two events presented an opportunity for the city and its peoples to remember the events of six years ago when the quake struck at 12:51pm NZ time. And, gave opportunity to celebrate the good things in life.

The Kiwi Cricket side, with a good competitive win against the Proteas, will be trying to reclaim its winning form with solid batting and bowling performances on New Zealand soil this summer – when it plays South Africa again on Saturday at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 25 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn is former co-founder of 36th Parallel Assessments (36th-Parallel.com) and has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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