Two more Megaupload team members arrested

Megaupload's shut down on Thursday by the US government has now resulted in the arrests of two more of its team members. Reuters reports that two more of the file sharing web site's executives, Sven Echternach of Germany and Andrus Nomm of Estonia, have now been found in Europe.

The revelation that two more Megaupload team members have now been arrested was made Monday in New Zealand during a bail hearing for the company's founder Kim Dotcom and three more company executives, Bram van der Kolk, Finn Batato and Mathias Ortman. All of them have been charged with online piracy of copyrighted items by the US government.

New Zealand government lawyer Anne Toohey stated during the hearing that Nomm had been detained in the Netherlands. Echternach was arrested in his native Germany but he will apparently be staying there as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited.

There's still one other Megaupload team member, Julius Bencko, that has been charged but has yet to be arrested. Meantime, it looks like Dotcom and the three other members of Megaupload will have to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to see if the judge will grant them bail.

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rijp said,

I seriously hope you are not a US citizen, you are disgrace. If you don't like it you can ALWAYS leave the country. It's a FREE world, you can anywhere you want, see ya!

+ 2 I hear Iran is nice this time of year ... Unless your into porn... Lol

nitins60 said,
I don't see difference between US and Libya

America isn't the land of the free like so many think it is. We are close to being the same as China, literally.

jd100 said,

America isn't the land of the free like so many think it is. We are close to being the same as China, literally.

Agreed. I come from Brazil and I cannot count how many times, seeing news about the US, I thought "Holy ****, they aren't allowed to do THAT?" or "They don't have THAT for free?"

AshUK said,
LOL some people really don't understand how Visas work, clearly you've never been abroad, once born in a country they own you, your a working asset from birth that needs to work for that country, like a ant.

Possession of a visa does NOT constitute citizenship. And your description of slave labor is amusing... of course, US citizens are absolutely free to walk away or notify the authorities -- regardless of claimed consequences by their aggressors.

Kelxin said,
Actually, I'm a US citizen and I'm not allowed to leave. You evidently don't completely understand what freedoms we have, and don't have.

If you're an American citizen, with a valid Passport, then you can go anywhere you please. Yup, you can go to the airport, buy a ticket, pass through security, and board a plane to anywhere-but-here. It's called "leaving the country" and hundreds of millions of earthlings do it every year. It's almost unbelieveable how you've declared your ignorance on the matter.

Oh, and for completeness, anyone with a valid passport may leave the country -- even those generally considered underage may depart of their own free will. That's the beauty of American citizenship... freedom. Amazing!

You may leave the country. But you'll need to go back cause you can't stay indefinately in a country with a passport only.

Nas said,

If you're an American citizen, with a valid Passport, then you can go anywhere you please. Yup, you can go to the airport, buy a ticket, pass through security, and board a plane to anywhere-but-here. It's called "leaving the country" and hundreds of millions of earthlings do it every year. It's almost unbelieveable how you've declared your ignorance on the matter.

Oh, and for completeness, anyone with a valid passport may leave the country -- even those generally considered underage may depart of their own free will. That's the beauty of American citizenship... freedom. Amazing!

Depends what you mean by leaving the country, of you're off to another country for a holiday then the instructions you've given are correct, however of you want to be a working citizen in another country and actually want to move there, then you'll need a VISA. Please don't argue with others, if they are immoral of their own country then just keep you head high and be proud of who you are, it's there fault right?

But in this case, I don't believe we are controlled like ants to some certain elements in this world, I don't think there is true freedom, but I'm happy right now anyway.

rijp said,
...

Wow. Was it necessary to call him a fool and a dork?

I think you missed the point of his message. While over-the-top in his phrasing, America has had a habit of requesting that other countries extradite their citizens when they have done something against America, and they have applied pressure on those countries to comply. Julian Assange and Gary McKinnon spring to mind.

Now let's try and stay civil, shall we?

rijp said,

I see you feel asleep in Social Studies / government because there is a HUGE difference in policing the world and being ASKED to help, fool. Besides which other countries STILL need to cooperate, the USA doesn't have authority outside of USA borders, FOOL! So apparently the OTHER countries NEED USA help.

Besides which if they commit piracy they should be apprehended.. I guess you think they are innocent, just boys "playing around" and they didn't "mean" any harm, is that what you think, dork?

Reality distortion field is strong around this one.

Shadrack said,

Reality distortion field is strong around this one.


He is right! He learned all that from his government sponsored school, how could it be wrong?

he will apparently be staying there as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited.


its about time all the other countrie did this instead of asking how far to climb up USA's Arse

Haggis said,
he will apparently be staying there as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited.

its about time all the other countrie did this instead of asking how far to climb up USA's Arse

i thought he was a NZ citizen? or does he have dual citizenship?

Haggis said,
he will apparently be staying there as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited.


its about time all the other countrie did this instead of asking how far to climb up USA's Arse

That's it! I'm becoming a German Citizen! FUD Stupid US can't get me there!

Haggis said,
its about time all the other countrie did this instead of asking how far to climb up USA's Arse

I hope you realize that the other countries in the world, especially the Germans, know a thing or five about torture...

I'm still saying, arrest all the rappers and people in that youtube video megaupload made...... if you can arrest the graphic designer, arrest anyone that supported them

neufuse said,
I'm still saying, arrest all the rappers and people in that youtube video megaupload made...... if you can arrest the graphic designer, arrest anyone that supported them

It's the Hollywood image. You only arrest those who can make piles of **** look beautiful... not those incapable of drawing a straight line.

The Skeptic Canuck said,
Why isn't CEO of MegaUpload, being arrested? Is this another case of the 1% protecting their own?

*facepalm*

"as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited."
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Good for them. At least they have the morals to not give in to the extortion threats from our Government who seems to think we rule the world.

jd100 said,
"as the German government does not allow its own citizens to be extradited."
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Good for them. At least they have the morals to not give in to the extortion threats from our Government who seems to think we rule the world.


Agreed. It makes absolutely no sense at all for a country to allow its own citizen to be extradited.

Victor V. said,

Agreed. It makes absolutely no sense at all for a country to allow its own citizen to be extradited.

You'd be surprised how often this happens worldwide. I would argue that the presence of Peter Jackson's studios in NZ, with Hollywood support, were behind this. It's one of the few ways to obtain legal standing to arrest foreign citizens on NZ soil.

As for the German citizen, it's more of a technicality of German law. For all intents and purposes, the German gov't may simply be defending their citizen whilst on German soil. They may simply not have a bilateral extradition agreement in place with NZ.

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