Edward Gay at NZ Herald reports:
Internet multimillionaire Kim Dotcom has been declined bail.
The German businessman, a resident in New Zealand, is accused of being at the centre of a computer piracy empire through Megaupload, a website business he co-founded.
Judge David McNaughton delivered his decision at the North Shore District Court today in front of a packed public gallery. …
An immediate appeal has been lodged at the High Court.
The decision is totally unsurprising. His behaviour when arrested combined with four passports and 45 credit cards, screams out flight risk.
I predict the bail decision will not rest at the High Court but they will seek leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Likewise the extradition hearing itself will be appealed all the way to the top. The longer they can delay things, then they will use the Ahmed Zaoui trick and argue the time it has taken to get a decision, means it is unfair to keep him in jail (even though they have caused all the delays).
When he finally does get extradited back to the US, I note he has hired Bill Clinton’s old lawyer so that one will also be taken all the way to the Supreme Court. I expect a resolution to be two to three years away.Tags: bail, Kim Dotcom, Megaupload