Megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom is suing New Zealand police and the nation’s spy agency for a combined 5 million New Zealand dollars (US $ 4 million), a lawyer for the Internet entrepreneur said.
William Akel said in an email on Monday that a lawsuit had been filed in Auckland’s high court by Mr. Dotcom, his wife and four others. The lawsuit was filed in April, he said.
New Zealand’s prime minister, John Key, last year admitted the Government Communications Security Bureau had illegally spied on German-born Mr. Dotcom, a New Zealand resident. Mr. Key said the surveillance was outside of the scope of the agency’s powers. Separately, a high court ruled that a subsequent police raid on Mr. Dotcom’s home was invalid because an unsuitable warrant had been used.