New Zealand

Dotcom Wins Access to Seized Property from Megaupload Raid

New Zealand court rules warrants used to search his home were illegal


Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has won another one.

A New Zealand court on Friday ruled that the warrants used by law enforcement officials to raid Dotcom's home in 2012 were illegal. Therefore, the court said, police is required to provide copies of all evidence it deems relevant in its prosecution of Dotcom for alleged piracy. Anything that is deemed by the court to not be relevant must be returned to Dotcom.

Until now, Dotcom's defense attorneys did not have access to the seized evidence. According to Reuters, which earlier reported on the story, the attorneys believed that there were at a disadvantage because they didn't have access to all of the materials that prosecutors did.