In yet another case of outrageous police behaviour High Court Justice Winkelmann has ruled that the search warrants used by New Zealand Police to shaft Dotcom were in fact totally unlawful.
We can see a steam train coming and its called the tort of malfeasance, were also pretty sure that Dotcom and members of his family will be suffering from PTSD by now:
The High Court has ruled the police raid on internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion was illegal and the removal from New Zealand of cloned copies of hard drives seized was unlawful.
Justice Helen Winkelmann found the warrants used did not adequately describe the offences to which they were related.
“Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.”
A spokesman for Dotcom’s attorneys said Dotcom and his co-defendants were pleased.
“They are very happy with Justice Winkelmann’s decision,” wrote a representative for Simpson Grierson. “We are considering our clients’ remedies as a result of the decision that the search warrants were unlawful and that the FBI sending the clones to the USA was also unlawful.”
Police said they were considering the judgement and are in discussions with Crown Law to determine what further action might be required.
They would not make any comment until that process was complete.
- Dotcom accuses FBI of ‘illegal act’ (nzherald.co.nz)
- FBI took copies of evidence without consent – Dotcom (radionz.co.nz)
- Steve Wozniak Says The Case Against Kim Dotcom Is A Threat To Internet Innovation (businessinsider.com)
- Dotcom info not ‘physical’ (stuff.co.nz)
- AP Interview: Wozniak, Dotcom slam US piracy case (sfgate.com)
- Dotcom in tears as police raid recounted (stuff.co.nz)
- FBI takes Kim Dotcom’s data without courts consent or knowledge (neowin.net)
- FBI Illegally Pirated Kim Dotcom’s Data Out of New Zealand, File-Sharing King Charges (wired.com)
- Dotcom cries in court as raid relived (nzherald.co.nz)
- Kim Dotcom won’t give up passwords (stuff.co.nz)
- Dotcom challenges search warrant (radionz.co.nz)