Court: MegaUpload Seizure Carried Out on Wrong Paperwork
Police carrying out raid did so under incorrect paperwork.
The MegaUpload case is pretty high profile. Countless people around the world are watching to see how it unfolds. With this considered, it's rather strange to hear that those orchestrating the investigation appear to have made a rather big mistake. According to a High Court judge in New Zealand, the seizure of MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom's possessions was not valid.
TorrentFreak reports that last Friday, Justice Judith Potter declared the order used to seize Dotcom's property "null and void" after it emerged that the court order police acted on should never have been issued in the first place. The story goes that the wrong order was initially applied for. When this was pointed out to the court by prosecution lawyer Anne Toohey, the police attempted to amend the mistake by applying for the correct paperwork and retrospectively adding the list of items already seized.
According to TorrentFreak, the correct order was eventually granted on a temporary basis, but Justice Potter said on Friday that she will soon rule on whether the initial error will mean Dotcom gets his personal belongings back.