Auckland - Internet mogul Kim Dotcom avoided returning to jail in New Zealand on Monday when an Auckland court rejected a US application to revoke bail granted as part of a marathon online piracy case.
Dotcom said the failed bid to lock him up was based on “bogus” allegations that he had breached bail conditions set following his arrest in a dramatic police helicopter raid on his home in 2012.
“I think this is another example of harassment and bullying by the United States government in concert with the New Zealand government,” he told reporters outside the Auckland District Court.
Dotcom spent a month in jail after his arrest in January 2012, when an FBI-led investigation shut down his Megaupload file-sharing empire, alleging it pocketed more than US$175-million from pirating movies and other copyright material.
He was granted bail ahead of a US bid to extradite him on racketeering and money laundering charges carrying potential jail terms of 20 years.