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Kim Dotcom can pursue police for damages

New Zealand decision blows the cover on the case
Thu Dec 06 2012, 10:11
Kim Dotcom Megaupload

FILE SHARING MAGNATE Kim Dotcom has been awarded another victory in New Zealand.

According to the New Zealand Herald Dotcom was told by the High Court in Auckland that he could have some comeback over the raid on his house and his arrest, comeback that could extend to damages and will reveal more about the circumstances of his arrest.

Dotcom can pursue his case against the New Zealand Police and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), and the latter has been told that it must reveal to whom it gave information about the Megaupload founder.

The GSCB was found to have spied unlawfully on Dotcom in the Autumn and the revelation led to an official apology from the New Zealand Prime Minister.

"I expect our intelligence agencies to operate always within the law. Their operations depend on public trust," said John Key, the Prime Minister. "I look forward to the Inspector-General's inquiry getting to the heart of what took place and what can be done about it."

Yesterday Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann said that the bureau must "confirm all entities" to whom it gave information.

This will extend to Echelon/Five Eyes, an international intelligence network that includes New Zealand, the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Dotcom is pleased with the news, saying that it created an entry point through which the truth could come out. "Let's see about US involvement in illegal GCSB spying on New Zealand residents," he said. "The truth will come out, in court."

"Today's Judgment joining the GCSB in the case and ordering discovery demonstrates that the New Zealand democracy works and the NZ spy agency is not above the law as the Judiciary acts as an effective check and balance on illegal Government spying," added Dotcom's lawyer Ira Rothken.

"We look forward to getting discovery to learn any US involvement in the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom." µ


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