Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom denied bail

January 25th, 2012 - 10:57 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Wellington, Jan 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been kept in custody ahead of a possible extradition to the United States. US officials have launched a heavy clamp down on Dotcom and his past workers.

Dotcom came before a judge in New Zealand on Wednesday in a bid to obtain a bail. The self-confessed former hacker was denied a bail when he appeared before the court. He has been accused of copyright infringements and is wanted in the United States for prosecution.

US officials say five former employees of Dotcom have also been arrested in various countries. Dutch officials reportedly arrested the fifth former staff of the shut website. He has been identified as 32-year-old Andrus Nomm. He was a programmer of the company. He comes from Estonia and resides in both Turkey and his home country.

The Washington Post reported an email that Dotcom sent to his neighbors in New Zealand two years ago. Part of the mail read, “Fifteen years ago I was a hacker and 10 years ago I was convicted for insider trading. Hardly the kind of crimes you need to start a witch hunt for. Since then I have been a good boy, my criminal records have been cleared, and I created a successful Internet company that employs 100+ people.”

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