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 @ 2:21pm

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    What does this have to do with piracy, pro or otherwise, megaupload, pro or otherwise, and which parts of it are supposed to incite Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt? Be specific.

    No, what the article is actually about how the crown is attempting to suppress the footage of the illegal raid.


    Wow, really? You don't see how this article is pro-Megaupload FUD? He asks the question, but then makes no attempt to find out what the Crown's argument actually is for requesting suppression. Maybe it's a good reason, maybe not. Nor does he explain how the video is even relevant. Is there video of what went down in the safe room when Pirate Kim was tackled? I dunno, and neither does he. It's classic FUD. Just leave a bunch of doubts hanging there, but ignore relevant facts that bear on the reasonableness of the request.

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