The court case against Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom has hit a victory for the founder as a ruling means that the New Zealand authorities must disclose information about illegally spying on him.
The new court ruling allows Dotcom's lawyers access to the GCSB files on the surveillance at his home and the police requests for information on his case, the Guardian reports.
GCSB acted illegally by spying on Dotcom, the judge ruled, because they failed to check his residency status. Even though he was a German national, he had been granted New Zealand residency.
The high court verdict also means that Dotcom can claim damages from the Government Communications Security Bureau in New Zealand for a raid on his house in January under the instructions of the FBI in the US.
The US government is fighting to extradite Dotcom from New Zealand on charges of fraud, money laundering and copyright infringement on the file-sharing Megaupload website.