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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    Ninja (profile), 8 Aug 2012 @ 3:21am


    You are a moron. But we all know that. And it seems you have a few friends here so rejoice. Now down to business:

    the mission is to arrest a 6'4 400lb convicted felon who has retreated to a safe room with a gun

    - convicted felon - ah, judge him for mistakes of the past, classic. I'd like you to prove he did anything wrong now. Then we can talk. The law is pretty clear and the United Police States of America could not support any of the charges so far.

    - safe with a gun - so you hear your house being torn down by an unknown force. You blissfully wait till they shoot you in the head instead of running for safety, right? Also, if you actually care to read the article you'll find links that provide the information that Kim did not go for the gun once he realized what was happening precisely to avoid any misunderstandings.

    Your comment reaches pretty abyssal levels of fail. If that was your intention then you are doing it right at failing ;)

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