MegaUpload founder released on bail

MegaUpload founder released on bail

Summary: A New Zealand court has concluded Kim DotCom is not enough of a flight risk; bail has been granted.

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According to media reports originating from New Zealand, the founder of MegaUpload has been released on bail after a judge concluded he was not 'enough of a flight risk'.

Kim DotCom has been held in policy custody ever since police raided his mansion in Coatesville, close to Auckland. Following a lengthy FBI investigation, it was decided that in case the file-storage service owner attempted to escape the country, his assets were seized and bail denied.

Millions of dollars, cars, artwork and other valuable property has been confiscated by the anti-terrorist police force.

Bail has previously been denied to DotCom twice, however, the latest appeal has turned in DotCom's favour.

The judge said that the police had not proved that the MegaUpload founder's remaining assets were substantial enough to allow him license to flee the country, and as such, bail has been granted. U.S. authorities maintain that the MegaUpload service has facilitated pirate activities, which in turn has cost the entertainment industry millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The reprieve of bail comes with several conditions:

  • No helicopters will be allowed to land on the premises.
  • Police forces must be notified 24 hours in advance if he chooses to leave his home.
  • There is a distance limit of 80km for travel purposes.

The MegaUpload founder has also been denied all Internet access, something that DotCom's lawyer, Paul Davison, protested heavily against. Davison argued that restricting Internet access removes a 'fundamental means of communication' and may cause communication problems between the MegaUpload founder and his defense team.

Outside court after the favourable ruling, DotCom said:

"I am relieved to go home to see my family, my three little kids and my pregnant wife, and I hope you understand that that is all I want to say right now."

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  • RE: MegaUpload founder released on bail

    Fact is that if they are going to try and say that this man did 'something wrong', they are going to have to go after ALL cyberlockers for the same thing.

    I'm looking at the arguments that the police are giving in this case and I see a lot of bullshit being flung in hopes that it will stick in terms of the charges.
    Lerianis10
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  • RE: MegaUpload founder released on bail

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  • RE: MegaUpload founder released on bail

    Why the h--l was the "anti-terrorist police' in on this? I think this character is a nut, but he sure isn't a terrorist.
    garyfizer@...
    • anti-terrorist police

      Exactly. The anti-terrorism laws being passed in countries, especially the USA, have little to do with combating terrorism and everything to do with circumventing due process.
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