| New Zealand News | Thursday June 28 2012 16:53
The Chief High Court judge has ruled the search and seizure of material at Kim Dotcom's Auckland mansion was illegal.
The Megaupload founder and his fellow accused had applied for a judicial review.
Justice Winkelmann has ruled the warrants police relied on and executed to raid the Coastesville mansion in January were invalid.
She says the warrants didn't accurately describe the offences to which they related.
Justice Winkelmann has also ruled it was unlawful for copies of Dotcom's data to be sent overseas.
Dotcom's US based lawyer Ira Rothken says they were confident this would always be the case.
"Everyone on our defence team is very happy. The lawyers on our defence team in New Zealand, Paul Davidson and Simpson Grierson, did an excellent job, and the court came back with the decision which essentially found that the search warrants were illegal."
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