New Zealand Court Orders Return of Evidence to Kim Dotcom in Megaupload Case

A New Zealand Court has ruled that Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is entitled to all the evidence that was seized illegally (according to a NZ court ruling) in early 2012. The FBI and the Department of Justice, who are looking to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand to America to face a litany of charges related to his file-sharing and data storage service, only wanted to share one document. During the raid on his mansion law enforcement seized property and lots and lots of data. That property is estimated to be worth $17 million (including a whole fleet of luxury cars). From the digital evidence, law enforcement collected 22 million emails and other documents and information from 135 computer hard drives.

All of those hard drives and any other evidence must be returned to Dotcom. The items or data that were collected and deemed "irrelevant" to the case have to be returned immediately. Materials that the prosecution claims is vital must also be returned, though copies can be made.

We're not sure what will happen with all the cars, but we assume those will be returned as well.

An extradition hearing that could ultimately send Dotcom to the U.S. to face charges is scheduled for August.

Source: VentureBeat


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