NZ PM calls for wiretapping inquiry into Kim Dotcom raid

Macworld Australia Staff
24 September, 2012
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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has ordered an inquiry into allegations the country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) unlawfully monitored Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom.

According to local Investigate Magazine, New Zealand’s PM ordered an inquiry into claims the GCSB wiretapped Dotcom’s communications without the proper authority. The investigation will be headed by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Hon. Paul Neazor.

“Mr Key says the Crown has filed a memorandum in the High Court in the Megaupload case advising the Court and affected parties that the GCSB had acted unlawfully while assisting the Police to locate certain individuals subject to arrest warrants issued in the case. The Bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority,” Investigate Magazine writes.

Dotcom responded to the news on Twitter:

Megaupload was shut down in January, with the US seeking to extradite Dotcom to face copyright infringement charges. However, the New Zealand High Court ruled in June that search warrants on his mansion were invalid. The saga is ongoing.


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