posted 02 Jun 2012, 00:16
The lawyer of Kim Dotcom and his former company claimed that the American government is doing its best trying to prevent access to the content required for key court appearances.
Indeed, the US government’s tactics attracted the public and media attention. The latest example was the way the authorities handled seized information from Dotcom’s mansion. During their winter raid, law enforcement agents seized many computing devices and hard drives, and Kim’s lawyer claimed that the information in question included video recorded from surveillance cameras. This is considered to be an important piece of evidence which could establish whether the raid was excessive or not. Moreover, seized hard drives also hold personal files that belonged to Kim’s family.
According to Dotcom’s lawyer, the search warrant was broad and allowed police to seize all media data in the house regardless of its relevance to the MegaUpload case. Worse still, the defense revealed that a number of those hard drives were sent to the US without the approval of New Zealand’s courts. Dotcom’s supporters argue that the local judiciary should have implemented protections allowing for a court-mediated filtering of information in order to ensure fairness and relevance. So, Dotcom is eagerly waiting for the NZ’s judiciary to weigh in on that conduct.
They also blamed the American government for delay tactics – for instance, the defense team still didn’t receive copies of the MegaUpload owner’s personal hard drives after 4 months since the raid. In response, the prosecutors claim that it’s too burdensome to make copies of the drives in New Zealand, so they had to bring them back to the United States.
Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom will be facing an extradition hearing in August, and the data on the hard drives can be essential in building his defense. Another conflict between MegaUpload and the US government also related to the disclosure of passwords required to decrypt some of the information on the seized drives. Although MegaUpload’s founder initially agreed to disclose the passwords to allow relevant information to be made public, this offer was withdrawn after his team found out about the unauthorized transfer of the hard drives outside the country’s jurisdiction.