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Alleged internet pirate Kim Dotcom has been granted bail in a surprise court move this morning, after new evidence came to light.
The German millionaire
Bail was granted bail after it emerged it was highly unlikely he had access to money that could help him flee New Zealand.
Judge Nevin Dawson said at the North Shore District Court that officials had investigated Dotcom's potential access to funds and "none of significance" had been found.
Judge Dawson said it was "highly unlikely" that he had other financial resources available to him that had not already been seized.
Prosecution acting for the United States Government had said that because Dotcom was "very wealthy" it was probable he had more bank accounts.
However, Judge Dawson said this put Dotcom in the position of having to "prove a negative" and that assertion was not enough to imply his flight risk.
Four new bank accounts had been discovered in the Philippines but they were empty, he said.
It had also arisen that Finland and Germany, where Dotcom has citizenship, do have treaties with the United States which would allow him to be prosecuted there if he did skip the country.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
reply to post by SpaceJockey1
What has actually been seized?
NZ happily freezes assets thought to be ill-gotten before any conviction - there's even legislation covering it - read a summary here, and if you suspect that is the case why would you let the alleged crim dispose of it out of reach??
If they are not guilty they get it all back, with interest if that is being earned.
If they are guilty then they haven't been able to dispose of it.
anything else is nonsensical.edit on 21-2-2012 by Aloysius the Gaul because: (no reason given)