23 Jan '12, 6am

Megaupload founder says he's innocent on piracy charges, demands immediate release

AUCKLAND - The founder of online file-sharing website Megaupload argued in a New Zealand court today he was innocent on charges of internet piracy and money laundering and said authorities were trying to portray the blackest picture of him. Kim Dotcom, a German national, also known as Kim Schmitz, argued for bail saying through his lawyer that he posed no threat of absconding or restarting his businesses. "Mr Dotcom emphatically denies any criminal misconduct or wrongdoing, and denies the existence of a Mega Conspiracy," defense lawyer Paul Davison told the court today. But prosecutor Anne Toohey said Dotcom posed a flight risk "at the extreme end of the scale" because it was believed he had access to funds, could easily arrange transport, had multiple identities and had a history of fleeing criminal charges. Dotcom, 38, and three others, were arrested Friday after police ...

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