It was only last month that a New Zealand court ruled that the FBI broke the law by moving its evidence against Kim Dotcom overseas. The court also ruled that the FBI must give all the evidence they have on the Megaupload to him. The FBI refuted the order and said that they wouldn’t give him anything. The New Zealand High Court upheld the previous ruling today in court.
The NZ Herald reports that Justice Helen Winkelmann told the FBI in court today that they must present the evidence they have against Kim Dotcom. She also said that the evidence must prove that they have a case against the Megaupload founder after she found that the legal document requesting his extradition violated New Zealand law.
Justice Winkelmann said that Dotcom must be allowed to see the evidence against him so that he can prepare his defense for the upcoming extradition trial that’s scheduled for March. Without the evidence, she said that Dotcom would be “significantly constrained.”
Today’s ruling is just the latest blow to the FBI and the local authorities that worked together to bring down Dotcom and Megaupload. It was revealed last week that the FBI convinced New Zealand’s anti-terrorism squad to raid Dotcom’s home because he had a “Doomsday device” that could wipe all evidence of piracy from servers around the world. Anybody with a shred of intellect would know that such a claim is at best laughable. They also claimed that Dotcom assaulted a police officer with his stomach.
At this point, it seems like the authorities are looking for any way to defend their exaggerated response during the raid on Dotcom’s house in January. They want to keep the odds stacked against Dotcom throughout the entire process, but the New Zealand court thinks otherwise.
The court also heard arguments for having Dotcom’s funds unfrozen. The legal bills are mounting and he needs the money to pay his lawyers. The court has not made a decision on that yet, but precedents don’t inspire confidence.