Why Are New Zealand Prosecutors Seeking To Suppress All Images & Video Of Megaupload Raid?

from the seems-sketchy dept

As lots of publications are reporting, over in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom took the stand to testify about how the police treated him during the raid on his home as part of the international effort to seize and shut down everything related to Dotcom and Megaupload. I have no idea if the claims he makes of being kicked and punched and the like are accurate. I'm sure his detractors will question how trustworthy the testimony is. Frankly, I have no idea how accurate it is.

But here's the thing that I find most interesting. Buried all the way at the end of the Stuff article linked above is the following line:
The Crown is seeking for all images and CCTV footage from the raids to be suppressed.
To me, that seems like a point that should be made up top. If Dotcom is being inaccurate in his descriptions, then wouldn't showing the video and images that prove him wrong basically destroy all of his credibility and help the government with their case? The fact that they're trying to suppress that very evidence certainly lends credence to his claims, and (at the same time) calls into serious question the conduct of law enforcement during the raid.

Filed Under: details, evidence, kim dotcom, new zealand, prosecution, raid, suppression, video

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Aug 2012 @ 5:59pm

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    You want the truth suppressed because you admit that the truth itself is "pro-Megaupload".

    and its you that wants to spread 'uncertainty an doubt' by suggesting the videos be suppressed. What we want is certainty which is why we want the videos released. As far as fear, why are the videos being suppressed if the prosecutors have nothing to fear? and how is discussing the suppression of these videos spreading fear? The govt can respond to this alleged fear by simply suppressing the videos?

    Oh, and (in the very unlikely event that) if the govt. tries to re-stage another raid with Kim present (unlikely), Kim should be smart to think of something to say that only someone would know well after the raid occurred and to repeat it over and over. For instance, he could repeatedly mention an unpredictable event that occurred well after the raid, perhaps an earthquake, date, and location, or find something more subtle that wouldn't take as long to say. Make sure he's looking in the camera while saying it if possible so that cutting off the sound won't prevent the message from being released.

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