Washington, D.C., United States (4E) – The raid of Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom’s $ 25 million New Zealand mansion on January 20, 2012 was called “over the top” by one of the officers who planned it. The officer stated in his testimony in front of a court on August 7. Dotcom was accused by the United States government of being responsible for copyright infringement conspiracy. He is currently seeking the return of computer hard drives that were seized during the raid.
Bloomberg News reported: “The officer’s comments are in notes for a review of the plan to use two helicopters, two SWAT-like special tactical group squads and five other teams of body-armored police with assault rifles to execute the warrant on a fraud charge, according to Paul Davison, one of Dotcom’s lawyers arguing the case in Auckland High Court.”
The officer’s name is not to be revealed to the public as ordered by chief justice of the High Court of New Zealand Helen Winkelmann.
The United States government accuses Dotcom of illegally distributing pirated movies, software and music through file-sharing website Megaupload. The website is said to have generated more than $ 170 million.
Dotcom spent four weeks behind bars after his capture in January.
“The decision to approve the tactical raid was based on the unknown response officers would get at the home, Dotcom’s use of former police officers and military for security, concern that Dotcom would barricade himself in the home and that he would destroy evidence needed to prosecute him in the U.S., the officer said. The raid on his home was unnecessary, Dotcom said. Police would have been allowed access had they knocked on the door, or they could have arrested him 90 minutes earlier as he was leaving a recording studio, Dotcom testified,” Bloomberg News added.
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