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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    Mark, 7 Aug 2012 @ 10:33am

    Even more proof that the raid was unnecessary

    Found this when looking at some other articles on today's proceedings.
    Apparently Kim had a police officer, who is part of the group that provides security for VIP's, as part of his security detail. In testimony, he said if he was given search and arrest warrants, he would have given them full access.

    This information was given to the raid team beforehand, but they still proceeded to go through with things commando style. Could have made things much easier for everyone, as well as saving taxpayer money. I guess they decided to go for headlines at time (not realizing it would show incompetence later on)

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10825297

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