A New Zealand court has ruled that Kim Dotcom can sue the country’s spy agency for conducting a raid in his house in January 2012. Dotcom, whose real name is Kim Schmidt, is a German national with New Zealand residency meaning it was illegal to spy on him.
As the BBC reports, the New Zealand court allowed Dotcom to sue the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) because the agency can only spy on those who do not have New Zealand residency.
The Magaupload founder’s mansion was raided at the request of US authorities. Mr Dotcom is suspected by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation of leading a group that has earned $175m since it began selling coyrighted material without authorisation in 2005.