MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom granted $60,000 monthly allowance

Kim Dotcom may be out of jail, but the founder of the now shut down file sharing web site MegaUpload still has to pay some bills. Today, the New Zealand Herald web site reports that the judge in Dotcom's case has ruled he be granted an monthly allowance that totals $60,000 a month.

Part of the money comes from interest generated by $10 million of government bonds. The other part comes from one of Dotcom's bank accounts which has $301,758.70; he has also been given access back to one of his cars, a 2011 Mercedes Benz.

Dotcom's and MegaUpload's assets were seized back in January by US and New Zealand law enforcement officials as part of their effort to shut down MegaUpload's activities. Dotcom and other members of MegaUpload were arrested and he spent about a month in jail in New Zealand before he was released on bond.

Earlier in March the judge in the case ruled that law enforcement officials had improperly handled the raid on Dotcom's assets and declared the raid to be "null and void". The judge has yet to rule on if all of Dotcom's assets should be returned to him as a result of the error.

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