Dotcom: Sue you NZ GovtMarch 8 - 8am
Kim Dotcom now has the right to sue the New Zealand government for it’s illegal spying, something the Mega founder is likely to take full advantage of.
In a ruling by the New Zealand Appeals Court, Dotcom now has the opportunity to seek redress following illegal surveillance carried out on his Coatesville mansion by the government.
Reacting to the news, Dotcom’s lawyer Ira Rothken tweeted: “We look forward to holding GCSB spy org accountable. Doing so will not only protect @KimDotcom’s rights but the rights of all NZ residents.”
Dotcom, too, had his say on the saga, tweeting (perhaps a little obliquely): “How much longer will the New Zealand government hurt its reputation on a global scale by supporting a malicious U.S. contract prosecution?”
As reported by Techday at the time, Prime Minister John Key ordered an inquiry into the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) after the unit’s staff were alleged to have unlawfully acquired communications relating to the Megaupload case.
Yet in a twist of events, Key admitted he was briefed over the case in February last year, throwing the case into the media spotlight and the parliamentary debating circle.
Now that it seems the government’s failure to recognise the residency status of arguably the most wanted man on the internet will come back to to bite it, who could blame Dotcom for taking full advantage?
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