Kim Dotcom still on bail - for now

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 16:05 28/02/2012
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STILL ON BAIL: Kim Dotcom leaves the Auckland High Court with his wife and legal team.

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Alleged internet pirate Kim Dotcom remains a free man tonight and will find out tomorrow whether he can remain bailed to his Coatesville mansion with his heavily pregnant wife and three young children.

Dotcom appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where the Crown asked for his bail to be overturned.

The 38-year-old was granted electronic bail at the North Shore District Court last Wednesday under a number of conditions including that he wear an electronic ankle bracelet and didn't have internet access.

The court is expected to deliver it's decision at 4.30pm tomorrow.

Dotcom was today supported by his bodyguard Wayne Tempero and his wife who, at times, rested her head on his shoulder during proceedings.

Prosecutor Anne Toohey told the court Judge Nevin Dawson's decision to grant Dotcom bail because there was ''no new evidence'' against him, he wasn't a flight risk and didn't have access to funds was incorrect.

Toohey said Dotcom's accounts were difficult to find and 20 days was not long enough to provide fresh evidence against him.

She said it was not clear whether all of Dotcom's assets had been seized.

The court heard that Germany does have an extradition treaty with the United States but had a clause stating they were likely to prosecute their own.

Toohey said that meant Germany remained a better place for Dotcom to travel to if he is extradited.

Dotcom's lawyer, Paul Davidson QC said US authorities had spent ''more than a year'' investigating his client so 20 working days was ample time to bring new evidence against him. He said Dotcom was not a flight risk.

He said Dotcom had remained honest about what he had access to, including a Rabobank account he didn't know had already been seized, as well as a Brazil MegaPay account.

It emerged today that Dotcom had placed signs outside his home asking people not to bring 3G devices inside.

Dotcom is facing an extradition trial in August to the United States where he is accused of breaching copyright laws costing owners more than US$500 million.

The hearing is expected to last three weeks.

The other three accused in the case - Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato - are also on bail.

Dotcom was arrested last month during a raid at the $30m Coatesville mansion he rented. He was previously denied bail while awaiting an extradition hearing because he was considered a flight risk.

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Dotcom has denied any wrongdoing and says he has no intention of leaving New Zealand.   

- Auckland Now

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