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September 24 2012

23:19

Kim Dotcom: New Zealand to investigate unlawful spying | Technology | guardian.co.uk

New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, has launched a inquiry into “unlawful” spying by government agents leading to the arrest of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to the US where he faces charges of internet piracy and breaking copyright laws.

The investigation may deal another blow to the US case after a New Zealand court ruled in June that search warrants used in the raid on Dotcom’s home earlier this year, requested by the FBI, were illegal.

Key has asked the government’s intelligence and security division to investigate “circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the government communications security bureau”, his office said in a statement on Monday.

Key’s spokesman would not comment on whether the “certain individuals” referred to Dotcom, his three colleagues also arrested and facing US charges, or all of them.

“The bureau had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority,” Key’s statement said. …

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