Feeds

Two Megaupload execs bailed

No net for Batato or van der Kolk

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Two of the Megaupload executives arrested in last week’s raid on the company in New Zealand have been granted bail. Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato will have to submit to strict bail conditions including electronic monitoring.

The two, who won’t be released until police check their bail addresses, have also been banned from using the Internet while on bail.

The bail hearing for another member of the so-called “Megaupload conspiracy”, Mathias Ortman, is continuing.

Meanwhile, Kim Dotcom is appealing the decision in which he was denied bail as a flight risk, with his lawyer to argue that with his assets frozen and his family in New Zealand, the Megaupload chief has neither the means nor the motivation to leave the country. His lawyer is also drawing attention to Dotcom’s hypertension and diabetes.

According to Stuff.co.nz, authorities aren’t the only ones concerned that Dotcom might ‘take the money and run’. During the bail hearings, it reports that Skype conversations used as evidence suggested that van der Kolk and Ortman feared being left out in the cold if “the s...t really hits the fan”.

It’s not apparent to The Register whether the conversations were obtained by interception, or whether they were recorded by one of the parties and found on computers seized during last week’s raid.

According to Reuters, the US has 45 days from the date of arrest to lodge its extradition application. It can only secure an extradition if it can demonstrate that the alleged offences would attract at least 12 months’ jail in New Zealand.

Yet another, more peripheral, associate of Dotcom has found himself in hot water, with the security guard who apparently owned the shotgun found “near” dotcom in the raids facing firearms charges in New Zealand.

The weapon, described by the New Zealand Herald as a “semi-automatic shotgun”, was apparently owned by “A-list” security guard Wayne Tempero, who has claimed David Beckham and the royal family of Brunei among his clients.

Tempero says the gun was purchased in Auckland with a license. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.