Dotcoms Announce Settlement of Lawsuit Against New Zealand Police for Unreasonable Conduct During January 2012 Raid
Auckland, New Zealand, 3 November, 2017
Kim Dotcom and Mona Dotcom announce that they have resolved their lawsuit against the New Zealand Police in which the
Dotcoms sought a remedy for their claim about the unreasonable use of force in the military-style raid of their family
home in January of 2012. The Dotcoms also raised the concern that their home and family had been under intrusive visual
surveillance by the Police which had not been authorised by the Court.
The complaint arose from events occurring in the early morning of January 20, 2012, when 72 police officers including
the heavily armed Special Tactics Group (STG) and the Armed Offenders Squad (AOS) descended on the Dotcoms’ family home
in Coatesville to make a number of arrests at the request of the United States in an Internet copyright matter. Landing
two helicopters just outside the family home, the entry team sprang to action, wielding M4 Bushmaster rifles.
The forces entered the Dotcom home and held the Dotcom family, staff and guests at gunpoint. The officers caused
considerable damage to the Dotcom property as they stormed through the house, around the grounds and over the roof. Mona
Dotcom, who was 7 months pregnant with twins, and the Dotcom children were traumatised. Neither the Dotcoms nor their
guests were allowed to talk to each other or their lawyers for an unreasonable period.
The United States’ basis for the raid, online copyright infringement, is not even a crime in New Zealand.
The lawsuit against the New Zealand Police sought an acknowledgment of the harm caused to the Dotcom family, including
the children, Mona and Kim.
"Today, Mona and I are glad to reach a confidential settlement of our case against the New Zealand Police. We have
respect for the Police in this country. They work hard and have, with this one exception, treated me and my family with
courtesy and respect. We were shocked at the uncharacteristic handling of my arrest for a non-violent Internet copyright
infringement charge brought by the United States, which is not even a crime in New Zealand. They could have easily
knocked at our door at a reasonable hour and advised me of my arrest. Instead, due to what I believe was a misguided
desire to cater to the United States authorities and special interests in Hollywood, a simple arrest became a
Hollywood-style publicity stunt tailored to appease US authorities. The New Zealand Police we know do not carry guns.
They try to resolve matters in a non-violent manner, unlike what we see from the United States. We are sad that our
officers, good people simply doing their job, were tainted by US priorities and arrogance.” says Kim Dotcom. “We sued
the Police because we believed their military-style raid on a family with children in a non-violent case went far beyond
what a civilised community should expect from its police force. New Zealanders deserve and should expect better.”
Kim Dotcom further stated, “until recently, Mona and I wanted vindication in the High Court so that those involved would
take responsibility for the raid. We have taken time to consider whether a trial would be in the best interests of our
family. The New Zealand Government has recently changed for the better. Our children are now settled and integrated
safely here into their community and they love it. We do not want to relive past events. We do not want to disrupt our
children’s new lives. We do not want to revictimise them. We want them to grow up happy. That is why we chose New
Zealand to be our family home in the first place. We are fortunate to live here. Under the totality of the
circumstances, we thought settlement was best for our children.”
Ron Mansfield, New Zealand counsel for the Dotcoms, stated, “the Dotcoms hope that this action has brought the Police
misconduct to everyone’s attention and that it has led to change in the way Police will handle future similar
operations. The misconduct of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which accepts that it also
unlawfully spied on the Dotcom family by the interception of private communications over an extended period, remains
before the Court. The GCSB refuses to disclose what it did or the actual private communications it stole. The Dotcoms
understandably believe that they are entitled to know this. That action is pending appeal in the Court of Appeal.”