Kim Dotcom appeal hearing on Tuesday
Sat, 25 Feb 2012 8:27a.m.
Internet piracy accused Kim Dotcom may be returned to custody, days after being released on bail.
Dotcom, the multimillionaire founder of file-sharing website Megaupload who faces charges in the United States of racketeering, copyright infringement and money laundering, had been in custody since a police raid on his mansion north of Auckland on January 20.
He was released on bail in the North Shore District Court, following two failed attempts, on February 22.
The Crown has now lodged an appeal against the decision and a hearing will be held on Tuesday, Fairfax reported.
In his decision to free Dotcom on bail, Judge Nevin Dawson said that flight risk was not now of such concern, because all of Dotcom's assets and bank accounts have been seized.
Prosecutor Anne Toohey argued there was a high risk Dotcom would try to flee.
Dotcom said on his release that he was relieved to return home to his pregnant wife and children in Coatesville, Auckland.
As part of the conditions of his electronically-monitored bail, Dotcom will not be able to access the internet.
Dotcom's three co-accused, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk, now face up to six months before a hearing to extradite them to the United States begins.
In a separate hearing, the court was told the US government has yet to file the necessary extradition papers.
They must be filed by March 5, in line with the extradition treaty with New Zealand.
The four accused have been remanded until August 20, the provisional start date for the extradition hearing, which could take three weeks.
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1/03/2012 5:15:20 p.m.
The original reason stated by Ms Toohey, a crown prosecutor, for denying bail is that our borders are allegedly totally porous for anyone with a little money. I don't know if she or anyone else in the Department of Justice actually believes that, but if they do, they would serve this country better by patrolling the coastlines at night rather than by ministering to the needs of the FBI, an organisation that has spent the greatest part of its existence cosied up with organised crime and harassing minority groups.
1/03/2012 9:57:39 a.m.
FBI please talk to your Washington economists,Why....?Where the hell does the US think Angela MERKEL is getting the money from to help bail out the knuckle-draggers of the Euro Zone.
29/02/2012 5:11:12 p.m.
I hope that the US are paying for this and his funds should be released because he is innocent until proven guilty
29/02/2012 9:55:46 a.m.
Dont know what the US agenda here is, but it dont smell right!Leave the guy alone!
29/02/2012 12:43:21 a.m.
the US is just trying to justificate any escuses, to put Kim Dotcom in jail, they don't know what evidence to invent to put him in jail, Judge Nevin Dawson is right,His assets and bank accounts have been seized, and the US doesn't have any evidence that he has money abroad, so... they need strong evidence to incriminate him and they are saying that he might have funds to flee, MIGHT!!?? what is that! since when an Court decised about expectations and dreams, what we need is FACT!! they don't have any kind of evidence to support that he has money abroad and they don't have strong evidence to put him in jail for whatever reason they say he did wrong .so let him free, is his right.
28/02/2012 9:46:09 p.m.
I was pro the USA until this BS started. I am even more disappointed that our Government is allowing it to happen. If he had broken the laws of NZ I would not have the same sympathy for him but from what I have heard, he hasn't, and he appears to have shown some generosity towards the citizens of New Zealand,Christchurch in particular.
28/02/2012 7:39:34 p.m.
Even if this case makes it to trial in the US, Dotcom & his Mega group are only legal guinea pigs. There is absolutely no difference between what Megaupload did and what many others (Filesonic, Fileserve, Wupload etc etc) were and in many cases still are doing. They provide file hosting services to largely anonymous users and (ostensibly) don't know what is contained within those files. While there is certainly some perfectly legal content contained on their servers, I would accept that overwhelmingly it is pirated material and the operators must be aware of that. However, even more respectable filehosters like SkyDrive (part of Microsoft) also have some pirated material on their servers and they are also surely aware of that. The difference is only the percentage and (apparent) intent. I also accept that just because others are doing exactly what Dotcom did, doesn't in itself make it ok. However it fiasco of his arrest & imprisonment makes a mockery of our legal system when compared to those others still walking free. This is an appeal of a bail hearing before an extradition hearing that MIGHT have him sent to the US where he MIGHT be convicted. In my personal opinion the US case is so tenuous, he can't be convicted of most of the charges he faces. The outcome of this case will have ramifications for the entire IT industry. New Zealand, the whole world is watching us. If Kim Dotcom is sent back to jail, it will be a shamefull part of our history.
28/02/2012 6:11:21 p.m.
A teenage family member was beaten unconscious by a group of girls and nothing was done about beyond a meeting with the family of one of the girls. There are many stories like this. Why is the government interfering like this when many New Zealanders, as well as people worldwide do not believe that Mr Dotcom should be prosecuted? The focus should be on violent crime, paedophiles, human trafficking, instead the focus is on money and corporations. What a sick world we live in where money comes before people. Leave Dotcom alone!
28/02/2012 12:18:14 p.m.
Team America wrote:
Anyone seen the movie, team america, reminds me of that and what they are doing being a super power.
27/02/2012 11:56:49 a.m.
Well said 'Jim'. Unfortunately the police seem happier to persecute the border-line traffic infringement members of society to fund-raise some easy money, or carry out over the top dramatic 'gung-ho' type jobs rather than do some real, meaningful and traditionally essential policing work that helps our communities. Such as burglaries and mindless thuggery.
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