NEWS - March 19, 2012
by Carol~ - 3/19/12 6:49 AM
Wrong paperwork used to seize Megaupload property, judge says
"Law enforcement admitted filing the wrong paperwork under which they seized Kim Dotcom's property"
An order granted to law enforcement allowing them to seize luxury cars and other personal effects from the estate of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is invalid, a judge in New Zealand ruled on Friday.
A police commissioner applied for the wrong type of seizure order, requested by the U.S., which now is "null and void and has no legal effect," Judge Judith Potter ruled.
The ruling means Dotcom has a chance to recover some of the items, which reportedly included a Rolls Royce and a pink Cadillac, seized during his Jan. 20 arrest at his mansion outside Auckland. It was unclear on Monday the next step Dotcom would have to take to get his property returned, and his attorneys could not immediately be reached.
Dotcom, 38, faces extradition to the U.S. on various copyright infringement and money laundering charges relating to his website Megaupload, a file-sharing and storage website, which was shutdown in January.
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