Home time as Dotcom granted bail
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 6:24p.m.
By Rachel Morton
Kim Dotcom is spending his first night with his wife and children after a month behind bars, following a District Court decision to grant him bail today.
The judge ruled it was unlikely that Dotcom had access to enough money to flee the country, and decided he was not a flight risk. After three applications, the alleged internet pirate was granted bail.
“I’m relieved to go home and see my family, my little kids, and my pregnant wife, and I hope you understand that that’s all I want to say right now. I just want to go home and see my family,” says Dotcom.
Lawyers representing the United States government wanted him kept behind bars, arguing that Dotcom is a flight risk, but since his assets have been frozen the judge disagreed.
“The factors relating to flight risk are not now of such concern that there remains just cause to remand Mr Dotcom in custody. Once satisfactory bail conditions are in place they will alleviate remaining concerns about his flight risk,” says Judge Nevin Dawson.
Dotcom has been bailed to a house in the grounds of the Dotcom mansion but conditions of his bail include not entering the mansion, no helicopters are allowed on his property, he has to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and he is not allowed access to the internet.
His co-accused were also in court today but are already on bail.
Dotcom is due to reappear in court in August for an extradition hearing, which is expected to take three weeks.
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23/02/2012 9:09:14 a.m.
Its a sad reallity but the justice system has now become guilty until proven inocent.
Being treated this way by thugs in uniform to smash up your house, having all your assetts frozen before the trial says we are going to find you guilty cos we have too much riding on this now.
It would make anyone want to flee. And what if he did, so what, no damage to NZ no damage to anyone except FBI ego. It will save tax payer money on a B/S 3 week trial.
I would love to see him beat the yanks but he is up against the bigest liars and bullies in the world. Corruption is rife congress rule and everyone turns a blind eye.
23/02/2012 12:02:31 a.m.
Absurd that Dotcom should be treated like he has been. NZ has just become a pawn for the likes of the US, the FBI and Hollywood. NZ has behaved no better than Syria in the way it has treated Dotcom. I don't know how many days the man has spent behind bars awaiting a fair hearing but in my book 1 Day is 1 Day too long a Day that he will never get back because of his unfair treatment at the hands of the NZ authorities and their FBI friends. Our Cops need to get a real life and start catching real Criminals. Nuff said.
22/02/2012 9:27:52 p.m.
It is very stupid to let this man out on bail. He will certainly try and get away
22/02/2012 8:25:30 p.m.
Kevin M wrote:
Should never have been arrested,how come even before any trial,there is "all this evidence" which suggests it is not this person breaking the law here?.
22/02/2012 7:42:27 p.m.
It is terrible that the New Zealand justice system has become the pawn of corporate America's attempts to stifle competition. Megaupload is no more a pirate than a company making audio or video recorders is a pirate.
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