More than a year after his arrest, Kim Dotcom is going on the offense, suing the New Zealand government for the raid on his mansion and its preceding surveillance.
Dotcom filed a lawsuit against the government seeking to be compensated for a total amount of $6 million New Zealand dollars (approximately $4.85 million), as first reported by The New Zealand Herald. The suit was filed earlier in the year, but it was only made public this week.
The exuberant file-sharing entrepreneur wants to be compensated for the raid in which Dotcom and his associated were arrested by local police working on behalf of the U.S. government on Jan. 20, 2012. The controversial operation was preceded by months of surveillance by the country’s spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).
Earlier this year, the New Zealand Appeals Court granted Dotcom the right to sue after ruling that the surveillance was illegal.
“My court case will uncover the truth about the [Government Communications Security Bureau] using X-Keyscore, Prism, and the Five Eyes spy cloud to spy on New Zealanders. The truth will come out,” he told Ars Technica.
The complaint alleges that the New Zealand spying agency started its illegal surveillance on Dotcom and his associates in Dec. 16, 2011.
In the court filing, Dotcom describes in detail the raid, which was carried out by armed police that arrived with two helicopters and vans, and broke down the doors of the house. Dotcom himself was “forced to the ground and had force applied to him in such a way that left him with bruises and abrasions. This was not precipitated by any resistance from the first plaintiff to the police.”
The raid, according to the complaint, was unnecessarily violent and aggressive.
“Throughout the operation the Police paid little or no effective regard to the rights or needs of the occupants of the properties, and dealt with them in a highly aggressive, oppressive and intimidatory fashion, such as to cause significant unnecessary distress and anxiety and fear,” the complaint reads. Meanwhile, Dotcom keeps cracking jokes at the expense of U.S. authorities.
Dotcom, who’s out on bail, is still fighting extradition to the United States.