Internet mogul Kim Dotcom
should be able to fight the US Government without his hands
tied behind his back, his lawyer says.
The High Court has ruled the police raid on internet
entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal and
the removal from New Zealand of cloned copies of hard drives
seized was unlawful.
The FBI has been ordered to start copying 150 terabytes of
data - including 10 million emails - contained on the seized
computers belonging to internet mogul Kim Dotcom.
Kim Dotcom's legal team have asked United States courts to
throw out charges against his Megaupload company.
Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom will move back into his $30
million mansion after bail conditions for him and his three
co-accused were relaxed further by the court today.
The Government's lawyers have been ordered to explain how the
FBI left the country with evidence in the Kim Dotcom case
meant to be kept in "secure custody'' by New Zealand police.
Kim Dotcom's head of security told his boss that John Banks
asked for a political donation and said he would be a "very
good friend'' once he was back in Parliament, according to an
The decision this week of Local Government Minister David
Carter to request advice from officials on funding rules for
local body elections is welcome.
Phone records covering the month in which Act New Zealand
leader John Banks visited internet tycoon Kim Dotcom are
being withheld for police inspection.
Labour says Prime Minister John Key should stand Act Party
leader John Banks down from his ministerial portfolios while
allegations that he didn't properly disclose donations from
Kim Dotcom are investigated.
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