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Dotcom back in court to sue NZ police

AAP (Techworld Australia) | April 15, 2013
Dotcom has received clearance from the courts to sue police and the government spy agency, Government Communications Security Bureau

Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom will return to the High Court in Auckland on Monday to seek compensation from New Zealand police for the illegal raid on his rural mansion.

Dotcom has received clearance from the courts to sue police and the government spy agency, Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), over his arrest at his sprawling Coatesville home last January.

The hearing this week is the continuation of a remedies hearing started last August, which heard evidence from the Police Special Tactics Group and the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ).

The head of OFCANZ, Grant Wormald, is expected to take the stand again, as is Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess.

The legal action against the GCSB, whose intelligence gathering was ruled illegal as Dotcom is a New Zealand citizen, will take place in a separate hearing.

Dotcom, a 39-year-old German national formerly known as Kim Schmitz, was arrested as part of a US probe into online piracy.

US authorities allege Dotcom's company Megaupload netted millions by offering pirated copies of movies, TV shows and other online content, claims Dotcom denies.

His extradition hearing is scheduled for August

 

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