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Kim Dotcom granted bail by New Zealand judge

But Megaupload founder banned from internet, helicopters

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, arrested in New Zealand in a joint operation with the FBI earlier this year, has been granted bail by the judge presiding over his case, enabling him to return to his home to spend time with his children and pregnant wife.

Despite being allowed to leave custody, Dotcom has some restrictions, namely that he is prohibited from using the internet and flying in helicopters.

Prosecutors had argued that Dotcom, despite his distinctive huge frame, could be a flight risk, given his multiple passports and network of international contacts. On January 26, Judge David McNaughton ruled against granting bail for the defendant, considering the flight risk to be real.

However, since then the court has reversed its decision, with new judge Nevin Dawson satisfied that Mr Dotcom's assets have been seized and frozen to an extent which will prevent him from fleeing the country. He is, however, confined to his New Zealand home.

"It would seem that he has every reason to stay (in New Zealand) to be with his family and to fight to keep his significant assets,'' Judge Dawson told the New Zealand Daily Herald.

Dotcom is said to be "very relieved" at the decision. His co-defendants have already been granted bail. The US extradition case continues.

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Joshua Rose Executive Producer / Lead Designer, Storm Eagle Studios4 years ago
*slap on the wrist*

Judge: "now go home and spend time with your family."

Dotcom: "YAY!!!"

Judge: "and NO riding around in your helicopters... fatty..."

Dotcom: "WTF?!?! Imma sik da interwebz on j00!!"

I love how the prosecutors had to comment on his 'distinctive huge frame' in as a determining factor as to whether or not the guy had the physical abilty to flee the country... At least he can be at home with his family.
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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve4 years ago
Wow, banned from the internet, I never expected that joke to actually come true. Unless it's just referring to any business online, it seems hard to enforce, but I guess if he's confined to his house and isn't allowed a connection of any type it's possible.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
@joshua: I dunno. I know a few hefty folk that are surprisingly nimble. Maybe Goldfinger Dotcom has a secret tunnel to some other country well hidden under his mansion. He DID rake in enough cash to have one constructed, y'know. With internet access points along the way, to boot...
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Carl Crawford Studying Bachelor of Information Technology, Otago Polytehnic4 years ago
Good, I am glad he is out. The US STILL has not produced ANY evidence against him! It seems that innocent until proven guilty STILL exists in NZ unlike America.
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Peter Dwyer Games Designer/Developer 4 years ago
Got to love this one. Basically the Judge looks at him. Declares he ain't in any shape to outrun the law and grants bail.

Beautiful.
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David Hanson Analyst, Capcom4 years ago
being legally banned from the internet is, if anything, a huge totem of e-infamy and the ultimate badge of honour among trolls.
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