Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom granted bail

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is a free man today, after a New Zealand court surprisingly granted Dotcom his bail request. NZHerald.co.nz reports that North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson made the decision today, over the objections of local prosecutors.

Kim Dotcom was denied bail a month ago by a different judge, after Megaupload was shut down by US law enforcement officials on online piracy charges. At the time the judge in the case agreed with prosecutors that Dotcom was a flight risk due to the possibility of him leaving the country through other means. It was also thought that Dotcom might have some hidden funds he could use.

However, Judge Dawson said today that since the shut down of Megaupload, investigators have yet to find any evidence that Dotcom has any more money beyond what has been seized. He stated, "It would seem that he has every reason to stay (in New Zealand) to be with his family and to fight to keep his significant assets."

Prosecutors also pointed out that Dotcom had three passports under different names at his house which meant he might be a flight risk. However, the judge said there was no evidence he was using those passports illegally.

Even though he is currently a free man, Dotcom does have a number of conditions he must meet to keep with his bail agreement. He cannot use the internet or a helicopter and must not travel more than 80km from his residence.

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well that's him gone I give him 2 weeks tops before he's shot the gap to someplace extradition unfriendly to the U.S. god our judges are so stupid

"No, his birth name is Kim Schmitz. He just calls himself Kim Dotcom" erm wrong he's had it legally changed to Dotcom

Gerowen said,
Is his last name seriously Dotcom? As in .com ? That's awesome.

No, his birth name is Kim Schmitz. He just calls himself Kim Dotcom because he thinks, he is the king of the internet.

Pretty sure if Team America World (Music) Police can spend buckets of tax-payer money to reach him in NZ, they can spend buckets more to reach him in whatever country he would try to run to.

SPEhosting said,
lol dont use the internet? wtf? how sick is that country?!?!

That is extremely common when it comes to crimes dealing with the internet. Nothing sick about it and a very logical precaution to take.

He knows he's done. Would you stick around? Time to put the pillows under the blankets and head out the back jack.

notta said,
He knows he's done. Would you stick around? Time to put the pillows under the blankets and head out the back jack.

lol it doesnt say it but "must not travel more than 80km from his residence" in my mind tells me they put a bracelet on him. Like house arrest. I mean how else could they 'know' if he really went further than 80km if they didnt have a tracker on him (other than detectives on watch that he could lose in the night time)...he probably wishes he could go out the back ha see ya

He cannot use the internet or a helicoptor...

WTF? Seeing as he can only go a stones throw from his house that sorta rules the helicoptor out anyway!

nik louch said,
He cannot use the internet or a helicoptor...

WTF? Seeing as he can only go a stones throw from his house that sorta rules the helicoptor out anyway!

He had a tank in his yard, im sure it wouldnt be hard to drop a heli there too O_o

/s

theslam08 said,
He had a tank in his yard, im sure it wouldnt be hard to drop a heli there too O_o/s

The tank was fake, it was inflatable tank made by some toy company.

Shiranui said,
Apparently, one of Mr Dotcom's pseudonyms was "Goatse Dot CX".

Hopefully Mr Goatse Dotcom can save Megauploads data from deletion

Even though he is currently a free man, Dotcom does have a number of conditions he must meet to keep with his bail agreement. He cannot use the internet or a helicopter and must not travel more than 80km from his residence.

lol a helicopter? xD

Tim Dawg said,
Wonder how he got the bail money considering he's currently broke thanks to them freezing all of his assets.

im sure he has some they dont know about still

Tim Dawg said,
Wonder how he got the bail money considering he's currently broke thanks to them freezing all of his assets.

do they have bail bondsmen down there? in the USA you can get a bondsmen to post bail using someone elses assets if you can talk someone into it like family, etc...

Tim Dawg said,
Wonder how he got the bail money considering he's currently broke thanks to them freezing all of his assets.

do they have bail bondsmen down there? in the USA you can get a bondsmen to post bail using someone elses assets if you can talk someone into it like family, etc...

neufuse said,

do they have bail bondsmen down there? in the USA you can get a bondsmen to post bail using someone elses assets if you can talk someone into it like family, etc...

I dont know that one, im live here and never heard about people needing to pay for bail.

Tim Dawg said,
Wonder how he got the bail money considering he's currently broke thanks to them freezing all of his assets.

If he has 3 different passports with 3 different names....I'm sure he has different bank accounts with different names on them as well.

Tim Dawg said,
Wonder how he got the bail money considering he's currently broke thanks to them freezing all of his assets.

Not all countries require a financial bond for bail.