Judge rules seized items be returned to Kim Dotcom

dotcomMegaupload founder Kim Dotcom has secured another victory as he fights extradition to the US. New Zealand’s Justice Winkelmann says police must return items they seized in the raid on the his mansion.

Anything ruled irrelevant to the Internet piracy case has to be returned to Dotcom and police have to contact their counterparts in the US and ask that they delete any irrelevant information.

The court ruled that any clones of hard-drives already sent to the US must also be returned if they contain personal information. Any further copies must be destroyed.

Winkelmann has acknowledged the process will take time and money, but says that it is the police’s fault.

US authorities want to extradite Dotcom to stand trial on criminal charges, alleging copyright piracy and racketeering.

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