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Kim Dotcom heads back to court over illegal search warrants

Raid on dotcom boss keeps delivering
Tue May 06 2014, 13:36
Kim Dotcom Megaupload

CLOUD STORAGE magnate and aspiring politician Kim Dotcom is going back to the New Zealand Supreme Court to appeal a ruling that the search warrants used against him were legal.

Dotcom argued that they were illegal and already heard the same from a court. However, an appellate court ruled that they were legal after all and it is this decision that Dotcom and his legal team will appeal.

"Breaking News," he tweeted. "The Supreme Court granted us permission to argue the validity of search warrants used in this raid."

The Megaupload business was shut down and Dotcom's home was raided in early 2012. A few months later a New Zealand judge said that warrants were used incorrectly, raising the possibility that the case against Dotcom was doomed. "They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid," said Justice Helen Winkelmann.

That ruling was overturned in February by a court of appeals. The appellate court ruled that the warrants were good enough to use.

Dotcom said then that he would appeal, vowing that the fight would go on.

This week his lawyer, Ira Rothken, announced on his Twitter account that the Supreme Court would hear the Megaupload appeal.

"We are pleased the NZ Supreme Ct just granted leave to appeal the validity of the search warrants involved in the raid on @KimDotcom 's home," he said.

Dotcom has already enjoyed victories this year, and was recently awarded access to some of his assets.

"The NZ asset ruling is HUGE. We've just filed a case in Hong Kong against unlawful seizure of #Megaupload. The US case is falling apart!," he tweeted then.

"Our assets were seized for 800 days and still I was able to fight back even with my hands tied behind my back. Imagine what I can do now!!!" µ


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