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A New Zealand judge has publicly stated that the FBI’s seizure of Megaupload data for court uses in the U.S. is “invalid.”

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A New Zealand judge has publicly stated that the FBI’s seizure of Megaupload data for court uses in the U.S. is “invalid.” 

According to High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann, the warrants provided by the FBI “did not adequately describe the offenses to which they related.”  She insists that the FBI used general warrants to seize Kim Dotcom’s assets, and that the warrants themselves fell short of outlining Dotcom’s allegations. 

New Zealand authorities are heeding judge Winkelmann’s verdict and claim that they are in the process of determining “what further action might be required.”  Dotcom is currently on bail, and the majority of his $175 million worth of assets are either seized or frozen.

Source: bbc.co.uk