New Zealand’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday (PDF) that warrants granted by the Court of Aukland in 2012 to search Kim Dotcom were legal. Warrants to search Dotcom compatriots Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann, and Bram van der Kolk were also upheld. Dotcom et. al were ordered to pay NZ$35,000 (about US$27,000) to New Zealand’s Attorney General for legal costs.
In 2012, the United States federal government accused Dotcom of racketeering, copyright infringement, and money laundering in connection with his website Megaupload, which the US contends encouraged people to share pirated copies of music and movies.
The thrust of Dotcom’s argument against the search warrants was that they were overly broad and “authorized search and seizure of material likely to include that which was irrelevant and private.” In 2012, Ars reported that “New Zealand police cut their way through locks and into Dotcom’s ‘panic room,’ seized 18 luxury vehicles, secured NZ$11 million in cash from his bank accounts, and grabbed 150TB of data from 135 of Dotcom’s digital devices.” The United States had requested the search warrants under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.
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