Megaupload's Kim Dotcom denied bail
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 6:05p.m.
By Rachel Morton
Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom has been denied bail in the High Court in Auckland today.
Who is Kim Dotcom?
In denying bail District Court Judge David McNaughton had ruled there was a real and significant possibility the German multimillionaire would flee.
In his efforts to convince a judge, Dotcom said that during his two weeks in custody he has had unwelcome attention from women wanting to correspond with him, and from someone pretending to be a prosecutor.
Dotcom is wanted by American authorities who accuse him and his Megaupload website of copyright breaches, racketeering and money laundering.
Dotcom took the stand at his bail appeal trying to prove he is not a flight risk.
“I want to fight this on a level playing field and have a fair chance to defend myself. Also, I have three little children, my wife [and] I’m due to have twins in the next two months - I just want to be with them.”
He is awaiting an extradition hearing and was denied bail last week in the district court.
Appealing that today he said all of his money has been frozen and he intends to fight the charges against him to get the money back, something he could not do if he skipped the country, perhaps to his homeland of Germany.
“What would I do in Germany with five kids a wife and no money? That's not an option for me.”
He denied allegations he resisted arrest when police raided his mansion at Coatesville and found him in a panic room, instead saying police used unnecessary force.
“I was punched in the face, I was kicked down on the floor, one guy was standing on my hand so they ruptured the nail and it was bleeding.”
Dotcom said he had been instructed to go to the panic room by his body guard if he felt he was in danger - and once he realised it was the police in his home he waited for them to find him.
“I thought it was wiser to just stay where I am. I didn't want to pop out of a door and be shot. I was scared.”
He admitted there were two firearms in the house loaded with both rubber bullets and live ammunition.
The court also heard from Dotcom that his arrest has led to some unwelcome attention, including people pretending to be lawyers who have contacted him in prison.
One told him he was a prosecutor and if Dotcom paid him the charges would be dropped. There are also women after his attention.
“I'm getting letters from women at prison wanting to exchange letters.”
Dotcom denied he has criminal connections which might help him flee the country.
“In the last two weeks I’ve made a lot of criminal connections, yes, but beyond that I have no criminal connections, no.”
He also had something to say about the content of his website Megaupload being deleted.
“It is my belief, and the belief of many legal experts who have given comment on this matter, that this is the biggest disregard of rights in internet history.”
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
8/02/2012 8:28:55 a.m.
Give him a break.
He would run rings around most of the dopy cops out there!
The cops are full of it!
Let him out.
4/02/2012 5:56:36 p.m.
Let the poor guy out.If necessary, put a GPS ankle bracelet on him.He is in jail and hasn't even been tried yet , absolute bollocks.
4/02/2012 8:59:36 a.m.
I suspect that the US law agencies have been unduly influencing our judiciary. It would be easy to give Dotcom bail and keep tabs on him. It is quite normal to give bail on the condition that he adhere to strict daily reporting conditions. There could also be scope for electronic monitoring. Right now one of those accused of murdering the Radio NZ journalist in Boulcott St Wellingyon last month is on bail. Go figure.
4/02/2012 3:06:53 a.m.
so, why the judge doesn't count with the public opinion? ignoring kim dotcom's legal and human rights and not looking at what of the mayority of us think about this case, is not democracy is dictatorial. they want to put him in jail just because he is so inteligent and is big competence for the US economy, they just will destroy anything that gets better and it becomes competence for the US,if there is not evidence? not problem, they will create. they just want exterminate with him. the question is...would they have done this if he was north american?
3/02/2012 10:55:08 p.m.
Auckland guy wrote:
Is the guy a flight risk is the only question that needs answering about bail.
Is he a flight risk ? Clearly yes, and has demonstrated that before when he fled Germany when facing other charges. All the other comments about piracy = murderers is pointless. It's Law 101.
3/02/2012 9:29:40 p.m.
This has nothing to do with humanity, morality or what is right or wrong or even legality.
Just to remind us, there are young men held off the coast of Cuba who, in their mind, were trying to fight for the freedom of their homeland or following orders, not so different from any solider.
Where is their justice, basic human rights?
Yet should their perceived enemy's soldiers perpetrate any wrong doing whilst propping up a arguably corrupt regime, they are exempt from local prosecution.
This is the last gasp of a dying, dictatorial empire struggling to preserve its power by manipulation. No mater what the judge in NZ thought, he is under instructions from another state.
Listen to the distorted rhetoric pouring from the mouths of certain ignorant presidential hopefuls and ask yourself if this is how you see NZ in the future.
It is Pagan Europe and a witch-hunt for those who dare challenge absolute authority.
3/02/2012 7:38:19 p.m.
in my opinion kim dotcom has done far less than a murderer and a rapist who when are released are allowed to live near their victims. kim dotcom has so victims. actors, directors and musicians are still very wealthy. granted he has done wrong in the past and possibly in some peoples eyes has done wrong now. is it really necessary to give him all this media attention and keep him remanded? he is still a father and husband and im sure his family would rather himm at home.
Two waterspouts have been spotted over Auckland this afterno...
Video has emerged of a skydiving incident in Motueka last ye...
Once again Campbell Live has a very powerful caravan of opin...
Only a handful of skydivers have survived what happened to L...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.