An exclusive look inside Dotcom mansion
Tue, 07 Feb 2012 7:00p.m.
By Cate Owen and John Campbell
On the morning of January 20th, the sleepy Auckland suburb of Coatesville became the subject of global attention after internet mogul Kim Dotcom’s mansion was stormed, and members of the Megaconspiracy arrested.
A number of police officers, many armed with automatic weapons and pistols, including members of the elite Special Tactics Group, arrived to arrest a man charged with copyright offences.
“Doors that weren’t even locked were being smashed open, there were police officers with sledge hammers and even a circular saw, and there were guns everywhere,” Kim Dotcom’s head of security, Wayne Tempero told Campbell Live.
Mr Tempero says on the morning of the 20th, two helicopters arrived and police officers with automatic weapons kicked down doors - including in the children’s quarters where guns were pointed at terrified nannies.
“The force was incredible. But had they simply asked us we would have opened the door to any room they wanted to enter,” he said.
Mr Dotcom agrees, swearing that he would have cooperated fully even if just one police officer with an arrest warrant turned up.
Mr Tempero says at the beginning of the event, he wasn’t even aware the gunmen were police. Noise from helicopters made it impossible to hear if police identified themselves, and so security measures were taken.
“I’ve done this for 23 years. Every client I’ve had, we’ve had a security protocol in emergency situations, and obviously this was one. I knew Mr Dotcom would have followed it to the letter, and the letter is… go to a secure room and stay there.”
When Mr Tempero took police to the secure room, he said they didn’t request Mr Dotcom came out.
“I thought they’d say “Mr Dotcom, police, please come down”. I know he would have, but when they opened the door, I heard was “man up” which means there’s a man running up the stairs with a gun.”
He said Mr Dotcom seemed shocked by the police action.
“I remember him saying “copyright infringement” and shook his head, like he’s going “what the hell?”. We weren’t building bombs in the cellar, we didn’t have a meth lab bigger than the South Island here. This was a normal family house.”
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11/05/2012 10:03:23 a.m.
I was stunned when I watched this...its almost embarrassing to think that it happened here. NZ is not a US puppet. What happened to basic rights. Its not like he was a drug or firearms dealer.
2/03/2012 3:56:31 p.m.
Iam not a NZ but i have long been fascinated with NZ, that's until the megaupload thing. I am sure it's an impressive show of force(like gun crazy totting americans), but this is new zealand for goodness sake. if i was the neighbour, i would probably think bin laden succesor is nextdoor. and by the way i would disagree with the complex and succesful operation; more than half an hour to find a huge guy? when they could just ask anyone from the beginning where is the guy? too Gungho and adrenaline pumped if i might say soo, then again i am not a military man. and like the camp pointed out it's not the police, it's the brass that give the ok for the operation.
1/03/2012 7:26:26 p.m.
I don't understand what the big deal is! Kim Dotcom has done nothing wrong! waste of time and money how ridiculous! Should be spending time charging real criminals like rapists and murderers who get give minimal jail sentances!Leave the poor guy alone!
28/02/2012 4:58:04 p.m.
This guy has a lot of money and zero taste. Most of these rooms arent even furnished. Why buy a whole mansion if you arent gonna put anything in it? dumbass
19/02/2012 9:43:25 a.m.
he is facing a very long jail sentance if he is taken to america for trial but if you murder someone you wouldnt get as much as what he is facing where is the fairness in that!
18/02/2012 9:04:16 p.m.
Sour grapes. There was no legal procedure. Kim Dotcom did what many others are doing. Give the man a chance in court. Where is the "innocent until proven guilty."? ...Kim.. quit worrying big guy...eventually you will be proven innocent... God bless you...it's all jealousy... that's all...
17/02/2012 1:03:46 a.m.
I hope all the people responsible for this inhumane raid, die of cancer - its what they deserve when they waste the public´s money on something as stupid as this.
The man possed no threat of any sort, so 2 unarmed officers should be enough to take him into the police station.
This primitive raid is only a proof that goverments care more about how to prevent physical harmless crimes in order to earn money, rather than arrest the criminals who posses a threat to other peoples lives and well-being..
Waste of money and human resourses, for a power demonstration...
17/02/2012 12:53:07 a.m.
Christian Heidemann wrote:
My wife and I love NZ, and it sadens me to see that USA has taken control of your country. Living in northern Europe it seems ridiculous to arrest somebody for it-crimes in that way, almost comic. I hope Your police will present a public apology, not just to Dotcom and his family but to all New Zealanders. This is not the way You want to portray Your country to the world.
14/02/2012 12:01:55 p.m.
11/02/2012 1:08:49 p.m.
Everybody in this world downloads something. Was there such a crime committed here, that so much frightening violence had to be carried out!???? It's downright crazy!
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