Kim Dotcom, China’s 5th most wanted man and the wealthy Nat donors
A wealthy National Party donor described one of China’s most wanted fugitives as his “best friend” and deals where millions of dollars’ worth of shares in Kim Dotcom’s Mega changed hands are being investigated by police, court documents reveal.
That donor is Zhao Wu Shen and his comments were in support of former Labour Party donor William Yan, the businessman whose New Zealand citizenship and political connections have been at the centre of years of controversy.
The documents from the High Court case place the two millionaires at the centre of a large-scale police inquiry into money-laundering, where police have frozen more than $40 million of assets which allegedly belong to Mr Yan.
He is defending the civil case and denied any wrongdoing in any jurisdiction.
There is no suggestion of criminal activity by Zhao Wu Shen but his business and personal links to Mr Yan are awkward for the Government as it seeks to strengthen ties with China.
Mr Shen and his wife Suzhen Zhou donated than $370,000 to National in recent years and he was the biggest shareholder in Mega until selling his stake last year and resigning from the board of the online encryption service founded by Dotcom.
No charges have been laid against Mr Yan – also known as Bill Liu, Yang Liu and Yong Ming Yan – but Prime Minister John Key recently revealed the New Zealand citizen was ranked number five on China’s Top 100 extradition list.