Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom plans New Zealand political party
WELLINGTON (AFP) - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom announced on Monday he will launch a political party in New Zealand to contest next year's elections, drawing a scornful response from Prime Minister John Key.
Mr Dotcom said his plans were still embryonic but the yet-to-be-named party would launch on January 20, the second anniversary of an armed police raid on his Auckland mansion which resulted in him being charged with online piracy.
"WOW! I'm getting so many encouraging messages about my plans for a new political party. Thank you," the 39-year-old tweeted.
The Internet mogul revealed few details of his platform beyond saying he wanted to improve New Zealand's information technology infrastructure, including "fair Internet pricing and no more data caps".