Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom denied bail; stays in jail

Megaupload's founder will be staying in jail, at least for the time being. NZHerald reports that today Judge David McNaughton denied a request for bail for Kim Dotcom, who was arrested along with three other Megaupload team members on Thursday. The reasons for the judge's decision have yet to be revealed.

Dotcom was arrested at his rented (but massive) New Zealand-based mansion last week, the same day that the US government shut down the Megaupload file sharing web site and charged Dotcom and six other team members for online piracy of copyrighted material. At a court hearing earlier this week, Dotcom, via his lawyer, denied "any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing."

Prosecutors in the case said that Dotcom should be denied bail since there he likely could get access to funds, as well as access to a plane that could take him out of New Zealand. US officials want to extradite Dotcom back to the US to face the piracy charges. Dotcom's defense attorneys denied that Dotcom was a flight risk, saying that all of his passports had been seized and that he could not get access to his funds.

The other three Megaupload team members currently in custody in New Zealand, Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato and Mathias Ortman, will have their bail hearings tomorrow.

Update: The judge has given his reasons for denying bail to Dotcom, claiming that he could flee New Zealand via forged passports and hidden funds. Dotcom will appeal the judge's ruling.

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via forged passports

WTH ? If this is that easy to leave NZ then Kim Dotcom should be the last of their concern imo

Well, at least the US can stop those dirty copyright violators. God forbid the real criminals such as drug trafficers, human/sex trafficers and the other filth get caught. **** the USA

rjones42455 said,
Well, at least the US can stop those dirty copyright violators. God forbid the real criminals such as drug trafficers, human/sex trafficers and the other filth get caught. **** the USA

+1

rjones42455 said,
Well, at least the US can stop those dirty copyright violators. God forbid the real criminals such as drug trafficers, human/sex trafficers and the other filth get caught. **** the USA

Right, because all law enforcement works in the same cases, and have no specializations or focus.

And, just so you know, many criminal organizations that focus on drugs, human trafficking, and such, are also involved in piracy.

With your mindset, we better not bother with any crime, because there's always going to be something "worse".

rjones42455 said,
Well, at least the US can stop those dirty copyright violators. God forbid the real criminals such as drug trafficers, human/sex trafficers and the other filth get caught. **** the USA

Exactly. The US hasn't spent billions every year in the war on drugs for the past few decades, nor does it have a huge prison population mostly consisting of so-called "filth" that have nothing to do with copyright infringement.

Instead, copyright violators are getting arrested left and right in the US while the common criminals run loose. I can only get the cops to show up at my house if I threaten to download a Lady Gaga album.

/s

rjones42455 said,
. **** the USA

Do tell what country you're from, I'd like to know because it sounds like your country can do no wrong.

waqastariq said,
In other news, US military is shipping Marijuana from AFG to the US, and that is on record and was on CNN youtube it.

And you cant put the link to the youtube video because.............?

FoxieFoxie said,
Why can US arrest people in other countries? This is absurd.
They can't. They can issue a warrant for someone's arrest and extradition, but it isn't technically the U.S. that makes the arrest.

FoxieFoxie said,

Why can US arrest people in other countries? This is absurd.

It's absurd that you think any division between countries makes any difference. Power is power, and it knows no borders.

New Zealand will do whatever the U.S. says because they don't want to end up like Iraq or Afghanistan.

Intrinsica said,
They can't. They can issue a warrant for someone's arrest and extradition, but it isn't technically the U.S. that makes the arrest.

I'm sure they'd like to but alas where is Roman Polanski? not that he did anything wrong either.

Beaux said,
It's absurd that you think any division between countries makes any difference. Power is power, and it knows no borders.

New Zealand will do whatever the U.S. says because they don't want to end up like Iraq or Afghanistan.