AAPL Stock: 118.88 ( + 1.13 )

Printed from

Megaupload founder's seized assets ordered returned

updated 09:15 pm EDT, Mon April 30, 2012

Dotcom expecting $850,000 in cash, property

Kim Dotcom, Megaupload's beleaguered founder, will have some of his assets returned. Judge Judith Potter, the New Zealand High Court judge assigned to the asset seizure issue, reversed her previous decision on the matter and declared that a court-ordered seizure in January and a backup order filed in February were invalid and should not be enforced.

Over NZ$1,000,000 ($818,000) in assets and property is due to be returned directly to Dotcom. In addition, an NZ$20,000 ($16,000) monthly living allowance earned from the interest on NZ$10,000,000 ($8,180,000) in government bonds is being released. Dotcom's wife will have her maternity medical bills paid, and will have her seized vehicle returned.

Shortly after the High Court hearing last week, The New Zealand Herald reported that the current minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform, John Banks, received NZ$50,000 ($41,000) in two equal donations for his mayoral campaign from Dotcom. In a brief published statement, Banks denied having called Dotcom to thank him for the donation, but did admit to contacting him on other matters.

Dotcom was convicted of insider trading and embezzlement by the German court system in 2003 in unrelated matters. The initial Megaupload shutdown occurred on January 19. Prior to shutdown, Megaupload was the world's biggest file repository on the internet, and was allegedly responsible for up to four percent of Internet traffic.

Dotcom is currently free on bail while fighting extradition to the United States. Two weeks ago during an extradition hearing, a US judge questioned the inevitability of Dotcom being tried in the United States. In an interview with the New Zealand Herald shortly after his Megaupload arrest, Dotcom claimed that he's been demonified by US media in conjunction with the MPAA and RIAA.

Dotcom's New Zealand mansion

by MacNN Staff



Comments are closed.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented