Appeal Court orders Attorney-General to issue new directions on sending Dotcom's devices to US | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Appeal Court orders Attorney-General to issue new directions on sending Dotcom's devices to US

The Court of Appeal has ordered the Attorney-General to issue new directions to the New Zealand police in order to send cloned devices seized from internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom to US authorities, although it's likely to be opposed by the internet entrepreneur.

In a decision released today, Justices Douglas White, Tony Randerson and Lynton Stevens set aside earlier High Court rulings, essentially allowing the Attorney-General to issue new directives to police under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, enabling the remaining seized devices be sent to the US.

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Dotcom and his co-accused Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk can then challenge the move in a new judicial review in the High Court if they wish.

The Attorney-General sought to quash restrictions around sending the seized devices to the US, including compelling police to disclose passwords to encrypted material, after a Supreme Court ruling in December found search warrants executed in the high profile 2012 raid on Dotcom were valid.

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