9 Feb 2012

Bail for Mega Upload man

8:59 pm on 9 February 2012

The first of four people charged in connection with what has been described as the world's biggest internet piracy case, has been bailed.

Bram Van der Kolk was arrested on 20 January alongside Kim Dotcom and two other men, and they are facing multiple charges in relation to their file sharing website Mega Upload.

Mr Van der Kolk was granted bail but had remained in prison until a suitable bail address had been found.

He was bailed by the North Shore District Court with conditions applied which included that he does not use the internet.

Two more of his co-accused will reappear in courts over the next week, and are expected to be bailed.

However, Mr Dotcom remains in prison after last week losing an appeal which rejected his bid for bail.

Dotcom's property seized

A $4 million lifestyle block belonging to Kim Dotcom was seized on Thursday morning so it can be inspected, secured and valued.

The New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development says the property, belonging to Kim Dotcom at Coatsville, Auckland, was seized so it can be inspected, secured and valued.

The ministry says it is not the Chrisco mansion that is also on the property, that the family rents and lives in.

The ministry was acting on an order issued last week by the High Court in Auckland, ordering immediate restraint of all property, vehicles, and jewellery belonging to Mr Dotcom.

A spokesperson says Mr Dotcom's wife and children will still be allowed to live in the property, while the matter is still before the courts in New Zealand.

Mr Dotcom, who remains in custody, will reappear in court in two weeks, when the United States government files extradition papers.