25 Aug 2014

Dotcom fails in latest legal bid

4:32 pm on 25 August 2014

Kim Dotcom has failed in his latest bid to force government agencies to hand over information they hold about him.

Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom. Photo: RNZ / Craig McCulloch

Last week, his lawyers argued the SIS and Immigration New Zealand must reveal all documents they hold about his application for permanent residency.

The court had already turned down a previous similar application.

Mr Dotcom's lawyer told the District Court information backs up his client's theory that he was granted residency because it would make it easier for the FBI to extradite him to the United States.

But in a ruling released this afternoon, Judge Nevin Dawson said there was no evidence of any colluding about or conspiracy concerning Mr Dotcom's residency application.

He said without an evidential foundation the bid cannot succeed.

Supreme Court hears search warrants invalid

Kim Dotcom's lawyer says that search warrants used to raid the internet tycoon's mansion were invalid and have caused a miscarriage of justice.

Mr Dotcom's legal team is at the Supreme Court today and tomorrow in a bid to overturn an earlier ruling that the warrants were lawful.

The warrants were used to seize vast amounts of material held on computer hard drives, along with other property during the 2012 raid.

The Court of Appeal ruled in February that warrants used in the 2012 raid had some defects, but were still lawful.

The internet entrepreneur is seeking to have that ruling overturned by the Supreme Court in a hearing today and tomorrow.

Kim Dotcom's lawyer, Paul Davison, said the warrants were so sweeping that police officers seized anything and everything that could possibly be relevant.

He said the warrants did not spell out the offences, who was supposed to have carried them out, or when they occurred.

Mr Davison said the level of privacy intrusion was much greater than was justified and breached Mr Dotcom's rights.

He said that had led to Mr Dotcom being deprived of information that could help him prepare his case against extradition to the United States.

Mr Davison said that amounted to a miscarriage of justice.

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