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New Zealand police botched the paperwork in getting search warrants for the high-profile armed raid of internet tycoon Kim Dotcom's mansion, the chief High Court judge has ruled.
Justice Helen Winkelmann on Thursday ruled the search warrants were too broad and police exceeded their powers in seizing what they did.
She also said it was unlawful for copies of Dotcom's computer files to be taken by US authorities and New Zealand police should return copies to 38-year-old Dotcom.
FBI agents, who had sought help from New Zealand police, seized a massive 150 terabytes of data.
It is the latest court decision in favour of Dotcom, who has won bail and the return of some assets since the high-profile raid on his rented $NZ30 million ($A23 million) mansion north of Auckland in January.
Up to 70 officers, including the elite special tactics group and armed offenders squad supported by two helicopters, stormed the property.
Soon after his arrest, news reports were published with images of the mansion and of police hauling away his pink Cadillac and Mercedes Benz.
Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by Dark Ghost
Serves the Yanks right, they seem to think that they can prosecute anyone anywhere no matter if they are a US citizen or not. How dare they invade the sovereignty of other countries and attempt to take their citizens to trial when they yell and scream about others having done the same thing to them.edit on 28/6/2012 by Kryties because: (no reason given)
AFP - Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom's extradition case against US authorities has been delayed until next year amid legal wrangling in New Zealand over evidence disclosure, his lawyers said Tuesday.
A hearing to decide if the United States can extradite Dotcom from New Zealand to face online piracy charges was scheduled for August 6 but would now take place on March 25, a spokeswoman for his Auckland-based barrister said.
She said more time was needed to settle legal arguments relating to the extradition of the 38-year-old German national and three co-accused, part of a case US prosecutors have described as the world's largest copyright action.
Dotcom, who denies any wrongdoing, took to Twitter to complain about the hold-up, accusing US authorities of deliberately stalling the case.
"Dirty delay tactics by the US," he tweeted. "They destroyed my business. Took all my assets. Time does the rest."