New Zealand’s High Court has ruled that the raid on Kim Dotcom’s estate was illegal along with search and seizure of computers . The hard drives where cloned and taken out of New Zealand to the US by the FBI.
The warrants issued to search Dotcom’s mansion were general and did not clearly describe the offences they stipulated, ruled Justice Helen Winkelmann.
The ruling released on Thursday by Justice Helen Winkelmann insists the warrants were too vague concerning the scope of the search and the items authorized to be seized by police under New Zealand law.
In addition, the information copied from the hard drives by the FBI was taken illegally under New Zealand law. Under New Zealand Law, Kim Dotcom never gave his consent to allow the data to be copied or moved.