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Kim Dotcom and New Zealand PM trade barbs over spy laws

Published on Jul 3, 2013 4:08 PM
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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks as he comes face to face for the first time with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as lawmakers examine a controversial proposal allowing intelligence agencies to spy on local residents at Bowen House in Wellington on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Dotcom was giving evidence to a select committee chaired by Mr Key, which is examining a bill to reform intelligence services following revelations that government agencies illegally spied upon the Internet moghul last year. -- PHOTO: AFP

WELLINGTON (AFP) - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom accused New Zealand Prime Minister John Key of lying on Wednesday when he appeared in parliament to denounce plans to let intelligence agencies spy on local residents.

Dotcom was giving evidence to a select committee chaired by Mr Key, which is examining a bill to reform intelligence services following revelations that government agencies illegally spied upon the Internet moghul last year.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between Dotcom and Key, whose government signed off on the businessman's arrest by armed police last year for alleged online piracy.

Wearing his trademark all-black outfit, Dotcom arrived at parliament in a limousine after flying from Auckland to Wellington by helicopter for the hearing.

 
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