Dotcom search warrants were valid - Crown
At the Court of Appeal at Wellington today the Crown is arguing the search warrants used in a raid of Kim Dotcom’s mansion were valid.
The lawyer for the GCSB, David Boldt, is arguing to overturn a June 2012 High Court decision which found the warrants used in the January 2012 raid of Mr Dotcom’s Coatesville home were too broad.
Chief High Court judge Helen Winkelmann found the warrants didn’t adequately describe the offences they relate to. The warrants were so broad, they covered relevant and irrelevant material. Warrants could not authorize seizure of irrelevant material, she says in her decision.
The Court of Appeal has previously said Mr Dotcom has the right to sue the GCSB.
Last month, Mr Dotcom lost a bid in the Court of Appeal to add reasons why the search warrants were invalid.
Queen’s counsel Paul Davison, William Akel of Simpson Grierson, Barrister Guyon Foley are representing Mr Dotcom.
Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk are additional respondents in the case.
The hearing began today in Wellington at 10 a.m.