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article imageIncorrect court order means Kim Dotcom's assets may be returned

By Anne Sewell     Mar 18, 2012 in Internet
Auckland - In the ongoing case of Kim Dotcom, owner of megaupload.com, an error had been made in the paperwork and the court order is now "null and void". The New Zealand government may now be required to return Kim Dotcom's belongings.
According to NZ Herald, authorities have acknowledged the fact that a procedural error was made prior to seizing the property of Kim Dotcom. This error could mean that the government will now have to return the articles.
As reported by Digital Journal, Dotcom was arrested in his mansion outside Auckland in New Zealand on 19 January 2012 at the request of the U.S. Government. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Dotcom owns a criminal enterprise which was designed to offer users the chance to pirate movies and music.
The Department of Justice say that Dotcom has made millions of dollars from this piracy, and they seek to extradite Dotcom to the U.S.A. to stand trial.
Kim Schmitz  now known as Kim Dotcom
Kim Schmitz, now known as Kim Dotcom
Andreas Bohnenstengel
During the raid on Dotcom's home, police were photographed removing cars, jet skis, art work and cash along with many other valuables. They also shut down the Megaupload website, affecting millions of legimiate users of that site, and jailed Dotcom. He was released on bail a month later.
Cnet reports that the police in New Zealand filed the incorrect type of restraining order, one that did not allow Dotcom to have a court hearing prior to the seizure, and this was a huge mistake.
The restraining order has now been declared "null and void" by the court and the New Zealand attorney general will be making a review of the mistakes made.
While this does not guarantee that Dotcom will prevail in the action, and his lawyers must prove "absence of good faith" in regard to this procedural error, Kim Dotcom is confident that he will still be able to fight this case.
It is not known when this decision will be made public. The extradition hearing is set for August 2012.
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