Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can stay out of jail, says judge

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Kim Dotcom as he leaves the High Court in Auckland Kim Dotcom as he leaves the High Court in Auckland
SummaryMegaupload founder can stay out of jail, provided he stays in his Auckland home with no net usage.

A New Zealand judge has upheld a ruling that the founder of shuttered file-sharing website Megaupload can remain free on bail until his August extradition hearing.

Auckland High Court Judge Tim Brewer on Wednesday turned down an appeal by New Zealand government lawyers, backed by U.S. prosecutors, to have Kim Dotcom returned to jail on the basis he is a flight risk. Dotcom, who is German, was granted bail last week after spending a month in custody following his January arrest.

He faces several charges in the U.S. including racketeering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

Under the conditions of his bail, Dotcom must remain confined to his Auckland home except for pre-approved outings. He is also banned from using the Internet.

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