The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

New Zealand agents spied 'unlawfully' in Dotcom case: PM


WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has ordered an inquiry into government agents spying "unlawfully" while assisting police in the lead up to the arrest of Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom.

Mr Key said on Monday he has told the Intelligence and Security department to investigate "the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau".

He said a memorandum had also been filed in the High Court dealing with the Megaupload case advising that the bureau "had acted unlawfully while assisting the police" to locate people subject to arrest warrants issued in the case.

Mr Key did not name Dotcom specifically, but said the bureau "had acquired communications in some instances without statutory authority". Dotcom is fighting extradition to the United States after being arrested in January by New Zealand police cooperating with a major US investigation.