WTF? NZ police arrest kiwis on behalf of US for filesharing -
Over at Kiwiblog, DPF has his people talking about this issue, and opinion is divided as to whether the NZ Police should have been involved. But this story from 3News is both interesting and enlightening:
The founder of the website at the centre of an FBI-led investigation into online piracy barricaded himself with what appeared to be a shortened shotgun during the raid, police say.
Kim Dotcom, also known as Kim Schmitz, and three others were arrested in police raids in Auckland on Friday.
The 37-year-old is a German national with New Zealand residency.
The FBI probe resulted in one of the world's largest file-sharing websites, www.megaupload.com, being shut down on Friday morning.
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald says when police arrived at the mansion in Coatsville in two marked police helicopters, Dotcom retreated into the house despite police clearly identifying themselves.
He activated several electronic locking mechanisms inside the house, called the Dotcom Mansion, Det Insp Wormald said.
"While police neutralised these locks he then further barricaded himself into a safe room within the house which officers had to cut their way into.
"Once they gained entry into this room they found Mr Dotcom near a firearm which had the appearance of a shortened shotgun."
Making the arrest was "definitely not as simple as knocking at the front door", he said.