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Dotcom appeals decision on raid

Last updated 08:32 06/05/2014

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Kim Dotcom will take to the country's highest court next month to appeal a Court of Appeal decision that the 2012 raid on his Coatesville mansion was legal.

The Supreme Court yesterday gave the Megaupload founder leave to appeal the February ruling by the Court of Appeal that overturned a High Court finding the raid was unlawful.

Following the Court of Appeal decision Dotcom said he would take the case to the Supreme Court.

The raid was related to efforts to extradite Dotcom to the United States to face charges including breaching copyright.

Police executed search warrants on the property of Dotcom and computer programmer Bram van der Kolk on January 20, 2012, seizing 135 electronic items including laptops, computers, portable hard drives, flash storage devices and servers.

The High Court ruled last June the search warrants were invalid because they were not sufficiently specific.

However, in its judgment released in February, the Court of Appeal said that while the warrants were defective in some respects, the deficiencies were not sufficient to mean they should be nullified.

The case will be the second he has taken to the Supreme Court.

A decision on "disclosure" - how much information he should be allowed to have about the case against him in the US - is awaiting a decision.

The Supreme Court hearing on the raid's legality is set for June 11 and 12.

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