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article imageNew Zealand sued by Kim Dotcom for $4.85 million

By Owen Weldon     Sep 15, 2013 in World
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who was arrested more than a year ago, has decided to sue the New Zealand government for the raid on his mansion, as well as the preceding surveillance.
According to Mashable, Dotcom filed a lawsuit against the government seeking around $6 million NZ dollars. The suit was made public earlier this week but it was filed earlier in the year.
According to VentureBeat, Dotcom, who founded the now defunct Megaupload, a cloud/storage streaming service, is saying that the government has been illegally spying on him.
According to Wired, the court documents say that the raid was violent, with holes knocked into walls, doors being broken down and other damages to the property.
Mona, Dotcom's wife, who was also pregnant at the time, was separated from her three children and was kept away from them by force, according to the complaint. Dotcom was allegedly forced to the ground, which left him with bruises and abrasions.
The complaint goes onto say that the police showed little regard to the rights or the needs of the people who occupied the property, and they dealt aggressively with them.
Dotcom's legal advisers were denied access, and police cut off landlines in order to prevent anyone making calls to the outside world.
The video of the raid can be viewed here.
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