Lawyers for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom are taking their appeal of a decision on the 2012 raid of his mansion that led to the file-sharing site owner's property being seized. Yesterday the Supreme Court gave Dotcom permission to appeal a February Court of Appeal ruling that overturned an earlier High Court decision that the 2012 raid was unlawful. At the center of the raid is whether the warrants used to launch the operation were legal.
In mid 2012 a High Court judge found that the warrants were not only overbroad but also illegal. But in February of this year the Court of Appeal overturned the earlier High Court ruling. While it was agreed the warrants contained flaws, the judges overseeing the case found that overall the warrants were legal.
“The Supreme Court granted us permission to argue the validity of search warrants used in this raid,” Dotcom announced on Twitter.
The hearing is set for June 11 to June 12. The raid and the legal battles over it all relate to the U.S. government's attempt to extradite Dotcom from New Zeeland to face a myriad of very serious charges related to Megaupload.
We will have more on this story as it develops.