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Kim Dotcom seeks compensation, return of data

Plans website that will provide more information on the alleged involvement of U.S. vice president Joe Biden in Megaupload case

By Sim Ahmed
July 5, 2012 10:33 PM ET

IDG News Service - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom's lawyers have appeared in Auckland High Court this morning, seeking relief and reparation from the government over what has been deemed an illegal search and seizure of Dotcom's property.

Last week chief High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled that the police search of Dotcom's rented Auckland mansion and the seizure of property there, including data shipped offshore to the U.S., was illegal.

Davison says the amount of the compensation being sought has not been discussed yet, but adds that his client wants access to the data and computers seized to assist his defense.

Justice Winkelmann clarified for the court that Dotcom is not seeking to exclude evidence seized from future proceedings.

Kim Dotcom and the co-accused, Finn Batato and Mathias Ortmann, were present in court.

Meanwhile The New Zealand Herald has reported that Dotcom is claiming that the shutdown of Megaupload was ordered by the White House after Hollywood studio executives met with U.S. vice president Joe Biden. Publicly available White House logs show Biden met with a number of Hollywood executives and the Motion Picture Association's Asia Pacific managing director Mike Ellis.

According to the report, Ellis met with former New Zealand justice minister Simon Power in March last year.

Update 1.15pm

Kim Dotcom has told reporters that he is planning on creating a website that will provide further information on the alleged involvement of US vice president Joe Biden.

The High Court session has adjourned for lunch and will resume at 2.15pm.

Update 11.45am

Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing, set down for August 6, may be delayed.

This is because Justice Helen Winkelmann's is unavailable on the week of July 23 and it is likely Dotcom's extradition hearing will be pushed out until the legality of the search and seizure has been argued.

Dotcom's New Zealand lawyer Paul Davison argues that the search of the Coatesville property is likely to have "controversial" testimony from the New Zealand Police, which will require substantial cross examination time.

The FBI says it does not have the resources or time to disclose the evidence it has so far seized from Dotcom, with Crown attorney John Pike arguing that under extradition law Dotccom is not required to see the evidence before he sets foot in the U.S.

Speaking outside of the court, Dotcom told the press that he "just wanted access to the evidence" in order to help his defense case. Dotcom went onto say he was frustrated by the U.S. government's attempt to extradite him.

"It is clear that the U.S. government is creating a whole new type of law. They are turning civil law into criminal law to get to me," says Dotcom.

He would not openly comment about allegations regarding vice president Joe Biden being the one who set the raids in progress but did say he suspected "powerful people" were working in conjunction with copyright holders to pursue the matter.

Originally published on computerworld.co.nz. Click here to read the original story.
Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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