By: Steve Dellar | 01-24-2018 | News
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Kim Dotcom Sues New Zealand For $6.8B

Another crazy turn in the Kim Dotcom legal saga as the fallen Internet tycoon decided to sue the New Zealand government for billions of dollars for property damage and the destruction of his business. His lawyers argue that (1) an invalid warrant was used to arrest him, which means that all charges against him were also invalid, and he thus (2) lost billions in profits.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Essential reading about my case:<br><br>About the corruption<a href=""></a><br><br>Legal opinion by Harvard Professor<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) <a href="">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The founder of file-sharing website MegaUpload claims New Zealand owes him $6.8 billion in damages.

In an internet classic moment, New Zealand sent two police officers and a total of 76 officers to arrest him back in January 2012.

According to Kim, a 44-year old German-Finnish national, MegaUpload would have today been worth $10 billion, of which he was a 68 percent shareholder.

“I cannot be expected to accept all the losses to myself and my family as a result of the action of the New Zealand government."

"This should never have happened and they should have known better".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">its not his claims, its the facts. Never in the history of new Zealand has another country (the usa) dictated their every move. It&#39;s absolutely shameful. Why isn&#39;t the owner of google drive, dropbox, microsoft drive etc facing extradition and jail????</p>&mdash; JonathanCmusic (@JonathanCmusic) <a href="">January 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Despite the fact that Megaupload had a file takedown system in place for copyright holders to utilize, US authorities are clinging to their argument that Dotcom violated copyright law, and he has therefore been under the threat of extradition to the USA ever since the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized the Megaupload servers.


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