Court: MegaUpload Seizure Carried Out on Wrong 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.

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  • rumandcoke
    typical that the laws don't apply to governments themselves
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  • bobusboy
    "..... and retrospectively adding the list of items already seized."

    Wouldn't they be acting retroactively not retrospectively?
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  • memadmax
    The government does whatever it wants........
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  • bobusboy
    "..... and retrospectively adding the list of items already seized."

    Wouldn't they be acting retroactively not retrospectively?
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  • rumandcoke
    typical that the laws don't apply to governments themselves
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  • Anonymous
    The guy is a goof but he deserves proper treatment under the law. My guess is that the seizure will be declared null and void. The cops will then have to re-apply and will likely get grab the stuff anyway unless he can protect things in the interim.
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