Intriguing developments in the case against online storage service Megaupload, with a New Zealand judge ruling the seizure of founder Kim Dotcom’s cash, cars and property “null and void” and having “no legal effect”. Why? It seems the police applied for the wrong restraining order when preparing to raid Dotcom’s mansion - ”procedural error” that could lead to him getting all those assets back. It’s still unclear whether this will happen: the police retrospectively applied for the correct order, which has been granted temporarily, according to the New Zealand Herald. A reported $200m of assets were seized in the raid. The key now is whether Dotcom’s lawyers can show that there was a lack of good faith in the original application, rather than simply a mistake.
New Zealand court rules MegaUpload assets seizure null and void
March 19th, 2012 by Music Ally