Kim Dotcom Files Lawsuit Against New Zealand Government For Illegal Spying And Raid

Kim “Dotcom” Schmitz, the founder of Megaupload, has filed a lawsuit against the New Zealand government for illegally spying on him and the raid on his house.  It was about a year ago that the New Zealand government apologized to him for breaking the law by spying on him.  Earlier this year, a New Zealand Court grant Schmitz the right to sue.

Schmitz and other plaintiffs in the case are seeking around NZ$8.55 million ($6.9 million) in damages.

“The Prime Minister of New Zealand declined an independent inquiry into illegal spying,” said Schmitz in a statement to Ars Technica. “Now my court case will uncover the truth about the [Government Communications Security Bureau] using X-Keyscore, Prism, and the Five Eyes spy cloud to spy on New Zealanders. The truth will come out.”

Authorities in New Zealand used two ways to spy on Schmitz.  The first method was through surveillance by a camera installed by the Organized and Financial Crime Agency New Zealand (OFCANZ) on a nearby property.  The government also used a hidden pen cam by Senior Constable Homan when he visited the property on January 19, 2012, but a search warrant was not obtained for the search.

When the authorities arrived at his house, the doors were forcibly broke down and Schmitz’s unarmed security staff was handcuffed.  Schmitz was forced to the ground with a lot of force, which caused bruises and abrasions.  He did not resist the arrest.  The police denied all of the allegations.

[Source: Ars Technica]

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