Footage from the raid on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand home has finally been released and it’s adding more controversy to a case that is not going smoothly for U.S. authorities.
The raid was carried out on January 20, 2012 by New Zealand’s Elite Special Tactics Group in response to U.S. charges of criminal copyright infringement. The team used two helicopters, four police vehicles, police dogs and officers armed with semi-automatic Colt Commando 5.56 guns according to Business Insider.com.
Dotcom was at home with his pregnant wife, three children, some guests and staff when the raid occurred. Checkout Video below:
37-year-old Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz) is the German founder of Megaupload. Dotcom’s lifestyle fits his physical presence: larger-than-life. He’s reportedly 6′ 7″ tall and weighs over 300 pounds. Dotcom’s life resembles something you’d see in a rap video: plenty of bling, scantily-clad women, and criminal charges to boot.
To say that Dotcom has a lavish life would be an understatement. He bought his New Zealand mansion for NZ $30 million (over $24 million USD). When his property was seized, several theater-sized TVs were hauled in, including an 82-inch Samsung TV and a 108-inch Sharp set. A laundry list of premium vehicles was included as well, including a 1959 Cadillac convertible, 1957 El Dorado, 1989 Lamborghini LM002, 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom, and a 2012 Toyota Vellfire. Several Mercedes-Benzes, motorcycles, and a jetski were also taken away.
In 2001 Dotcom bought $375,000 worth of shares in a nearly bankrupt company (LetsBuyIt.com). He then announced that he was going to invest €50 million in the company. Little did everyone else know, though, he didn’t actually have the money. His pronouncement led to the shares skyrocketing by nearly 300%, which Dotcom then sold for a $1.5 million profit. He was arrested, and served another two-year probationary sentence.