Crown to appeal Dotcom illegal search ruling
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 9:31p.m.
The Crown has indicated in court this morning that it will appeal a decision that said the search warrants on Kim Dotcom's mansion were illegal.
Last month a High Court Judge made the ruling after police seized property from Dotcom’s Auckland home during a raid at the beginning of the year.
The court ruled that the raid was illegal, because police had used the wrong search warrants.
The Megaupload founder and three other men were arrested at Dotcom's $30 million rented mansion in Coatesville, Auckland, in the police raid on January 20.
They face charges in the US of racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering and are awaiting proceedings to extradite them to the US.
The US Government is seeking to extradite Dotcom on the charges.
Dotcom has denied any wrongdoing and has set up a website kim.com labelling the ordeal “the Megaupload scandal”.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for March 25, 2013.
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1/08/2012 1:17:21 a.m.
Dotcom has played his hand well, bringing down one corrupt politician already. The cronies of the media industry in the US knew they didn't have a case in their own country and it gives a man faith in the legal system of this country that the same is true here. The media cartels will have to send in their own thugs and ignore the law completely to get their hands on this 'super villain'. They probably will too.
1/08/2012 12:12:39 a.m.
Just wasting the courts time, the government knows they did wrong and now they try to cover it up.
Kim Dotcom will get compo and we the taxpayers will be foot with the bill thanks to this governments pathetic adventure, more taxpayers money wasted again.
31/07/2012 11:27:32 p.m.
According to indictments 5 Jan and 16 Feb Kim & others are charged with conspiracy to commit laundering money.
According to Justice Winkelmann the warrant specified money laundering.
They are different fish. Conspiring to do something doesn't mean that you need to have actually done that something.
The other multiple charges are not extraditable offenses because they don't have equivalents in NZ.
So, invalid for reason possibly overlooked by the Judge the warrants, seizures and arrests are probably all out of order. Let us hope our Court of Appeal decides just that and puts an end to it, and promptly
31/07/2012 10:30:52 p.m.
How ridiculous:crown appealing its own decision in its court?????? Like selling your house to yourself.
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