The High court in New Zealand has refused bail for the second time to Kim Dotcom on the grounds that he is a flight risk.
Kim Dotcom, a German and Finnish national, also known as Kim Schmitz, was returned to custody until 22 February where a hearing on an extradition application by the US will begin.
The prosecution has again painted Mr Dotcom as an extreme flight risk, as he own several passports. When asked about whether he had access to additional funds, he stated that all of his finances have been frozen. The prosecution also showed Mr Dotcom a visa that was in his name, but as you can see in the video, he correctly points out that the vista in question was issued in 2003, NOT 2011.
“I will not run away. I want to fight these allegations on a level playing field. I have three little children. My wife is pregnant with twins. I just want to be with them,” he said in court.
Dotcom said he had received “funny visits” and contacts while in jail, including one from a man claiming to be a prosecutor asking for money in return for a favourable bail hearing. He denied knowing anyone with a background in providing forged documents, who the prosecution said had tried to visit him.
He said police had been unnecessarily aggressive when they raided his property.
“I was punched in the face, I was kicked down on the floor, one guy was standing on my hands … it was bleeding,” he said.
One unsolicited telephone call claimed he was a prosecutor who in return for receiving some money would help Dotcom get bail
“I immediately said ‘absolutely not’ and I gave the number to the officer,” Dotcom said.
Another, the court was told, was said to be an expert document forger.
“If people were to approach me and to offer such a service, I would tell them to go to hell,” Dotcom said. “I have no desire to run away.”
The lower court judge said the accused appeared to have “an arguable defence at least in respect of the breach of copyright charges”
The founder of Megaupload, which was until 29th January 2011, one of the Top 50 most visited and used sites in the world for legal and allegedly illegal use, was arrested in New Zealand on charges of internet piracy and money laundering. The arrest of Mr Dotcom, his associates and the seizing of his site and servers, came just hours after the online blackouts in protest of the now shelved SOPA & PIPA bills. This caused massive protests online ending with Anonymous starting their largest ever attacks on corporate & government sites which are still in full swing.