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Police deny kicking, punching Kim Dotcom

Published: 5:42AM Wednesday August 08, 2012 Source: ONE News

Police have today denied accusations they kicked and punched internet millionaire Kim Dotcom during a raid of his house in January.

The calls come as a three-day judicial review on the Dotcom case continues at the High Court in Auckland.

Dotcom said yesterday police were "all over" him when they arrested him at his Coatesville Mansion earlier this year.

"I had a punch to the face, boots kicking me down to the floor, a knee to the ribs.

"One man was standing on my hand."

Police told the court when Dotcom was found in the mansion, he was asked to show his hands but he did not comply.

When asked by lawyers whether the accusations were true, police denied any physical force was used other than the several officers who pushed him to the ground.

"Not to my knowledge, there was not time for that to happen."

One officer wearing boots did stand on Dotcom's hand once he was on the ground, but police said this was an accident.

Suppression was also lifted today on vision shot from a police helicopter during the raid. The pictures show police surrounding the mansion as they move in to arrest the Megaupload millionaire.
The Crown wanted all images and CCTV footage from the raids to be suppressed, but Justice Helen Winkelmann lifted the orders.

Dotcom is seeking to have all seized evidence irrelevant to the case returned to him.

An earlier court decision found search warrants executed by police were invalid. 

US authorities claim Dotcom and his three co-accused - Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram van der Kolk - used the Megaupload website and its affiliated sites to knowingly make money from pirated movies and games.

He is facing copyright infringement and money laundering charges.