A New Zealand judge has ruled that the court order used to seize a number of possessions belonging to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was unlawful, which could see the items being return to him.
A New Zealand judge has ruled that the court order used to seize a number of possessions belonging to MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom was unlawful, which could see the items being return to him.
Luxury cars, giant TVs, jet skis and jewellery were among the stash seized by police in a raid on Dotcom's £20 million property, which led to the closure of the file-hosting service
over allegations of copyright infringement and fraud. However, a series of government and police errors means that the court order employed should not have been granted.
The New Zealand government and police admitted that they made five separate procedural mistakes when filing the initial court order, resulting in it no longer having any legal power. It seems that in their eagerness to nab the man and his colleagues they did not pay close enough attention to the proper paperwork procedures. If similar carelessness was employed in charges against Dotcom, or in the extradition filing
, it could result in him getting off on a technicality of law.
However, Dotcom's possessions will not necessarily be return to him, as his legal team demands, because new documents have been filed for the seizure and confiscation of not only the existing items, but additional assets that were uncovered in the raid.
Dotcom's lawyers say that the asset seizure initially left the man without money to fund a legal defence, a situation made all the more grave now that it has been revealed that the court order was not legal.
The judge will make a decision soon regarding whether or not Dotcom's items should be returned to him.
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