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Kim Dotcom Case: US Loses Motion to Remand Cyber Fugitive Ahead of Hearing

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Kim Dotcom speaks to the media following his bail hearing at Auckland District Court on December 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 08:25 AM

Kim Dotcom will not be remanded in custody in New Zealand before his extradition hearing on Internet piracy charges after U.S. officials lost a motion in court this week.

An Auckland court on Monday rejected allegations that Dotcom, the founder of the Megaupload online file storage site, was a flight risk and had broken the terms of his bail conditions imposed after flamboyant internet entrepreneur was arrested by U.S. and New Zealand authorities in early 2012, according to Reuters.

While Dotcom, a German national and New Zealand resident, was free to return to his sprawling mansion in Auckland, his bail conditions were tightened to prevent him from traveling by helicopter and require him to report to police twice a week.

"I have been probably the most compliant and exemplary (bail) candidate," Dotcom told reporters outside the court, while adding that he was surprised that his bail conditions had been tightened.

Dotcom, who also goes by the name of Kim Schmitz, is accused of massive copyright infringement related to the Megaupload file sharing site he founded in 2005. He faces an extradition hearing in mid-2015.

Set up in 2005, Megaupload accounted for around 4 percent of total traffic on the internet in its heyday as users stored and shared files containing everything from wedding videos to Hollywood films.

Last week, Dotcom said his nearly three-year fight against extradition had left him broke.

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