NZ Judge Says MegaUpload’s Kim Dotcom Warrants Illegal

Posted on Jun 28 2012 - 8:08am by Editorial Staff

An interesting twist comes today in an ongoing MegaUpload story; Justice Helen Winkelmann of the New Zealand High Court ruled out that the police raid on Kim Dotcom’s Auckland mansion was illegal. According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, judge said, “Indeed they fell well short of that.” Adding, “They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid.”

A spokesman for Dotcom’s attorneys said: “They [Dotcom and his co-defendants] 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.”

The above order comes just days before, Apple’s cofounder Wozniak spoken against the US government over handling of the MegaUpload case. Woz said, “You don’t just shut down the whole street because somebody is speeding.” Wozniak clearly stated that there are thousands of people out there who use the site for legitimate purposes and closing the site in such a ways was not the right thing to do.

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