The mansion belonging to German-Finnish businessman Kim Dotcom — born Kim Schmitz and also known as Kim Tim Jim Vestor and Kimble — was raided earlier this year.
The raid was considered by some to be over the top, but that was before news came out that investigators were searching for a “doomsday device.”
Although the anti-terrorist raid that took place via land and air at Dotcom’s Aukland mansion occurred in January, the why behind the raid was revealed in court only yesterday.
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald, who oversaw the operation for the Organized & Financial Crime Agency, told The New Zealand Herald that the FBI said Dotcom “carried a device with him to delete servers around the world.”
The device has not been found, and Paul Davison, Dotcom’s attorney, has referred to the raid as a “disgraceful performance.”
“What this comes down to is a woefully incompetent and inept performance by the New Zealand police at all stages and at all levels of this operation,” Davison told the Herald. “Those responsible for planning are shown to be deficient in their judgment to a serious degree.”
Wormald has defended the operation.
Further evidence about the case is still being heard by the court.
Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, was convicted of embezzlement and insider trading during the aftermath of the infamous dot-com bubble.