Kim Dotcom Denied Bail, Still Sitting in Prison


The creator of the shattered file-sharing site Megaupload was in a New Zealand court Monday, as the U.S. Department of Justice seeks to extradite him and other company officials on criminal charges. The U.S. authorities announced indictments against seven people connected to the site and shut down the site last week.

In a packed court, Dotcom’s lawyer, Paul Davison, argued that his client was innocent and should be released on bail. Davison said that without his assets or travel documents, Dotcom did not present a practical flight risk. He also stated that his client preferred to stay in New Zealand with his pregnant wife and children.

Judge David McNaughton disagreed. He denied Dotcom bail, explaining that he still considered him a flight risk.

“With sufficient determination and financial resources, flight risk remains a real and significant possibility, which I cannot discount, and bail is declined,” said Judge McNaughton.

Dotcom will remain in custody for the next four weeks.

SOURCE: The Guardian UK