Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Kim Dotcom, the US authorities are now investigating his wife Mona Dotcom – who is expecting twins any minute now – on “suspicion of being involved in Megaupload’s practices”
When Dotcom was released from prison on a bail term, it didn’t take long for the US legal teams to gather their men and attempt to overturn the judges decision. Kim Dotcom was detailed as “co-operative and showing no intention of violence or criminal acts whilst incarcerated” but clearly the feds wanted him to be locked away in the slammer whilst they attempt to seek more dirt to put him away. The original suggested figure for a a sentence was 50-60 years. Sometimes murderers get less than that. True colors of greed is shining through the hearts of Hollywood and its bitch – the US.
More details are now surfacing that the anti-terrorist police squad that raided his mansion in January were also instructed to gather anything they could to convict Mona Dotcom – although the exact details of that report are unknown, it’s a believable bit of hearsay.
The prosecution, acting on behalf of the US Government, tried to argue that the Megaupload founder had a whole stash of hidden resources that would enable him to flee the country. After a lengthy investigation, the prosecution discovered four bank accounts based in the Philippines, all of which had no history of deposits or withdrawals in the last 6 months; and a “rainy day account” registered in the British Virgin Islands with a balance of $2000 – again, no history of deposits or withdrawals in the last 6 months.
With all of that aside, Mr. Paul Davison QC – who is currently representing Dotcom – argued that it made no sense for Dotcom to try and flee the country, especially since his wife Mona is pregnant and he and his three children “love New Zealand and [he] still wants to raise his family here.”
Judge Tim Brewer agreed, denying the prosecution’s appeal and allowing Dotcom to remain a free man — pending an extradition appeal in August.
Dotcom and his wife had asked for access to around NZ $220,000 (US $185,130) to cover their living costs. This amount would also cover substantial telephone costs incurred as Dotcom prepares his defense, fuel and tutoring for Dotcom’s children. Judge Judith Potter agreed to release NZ $74,000 from one of Dotcom’s seized bank accounts which only ended up going to the creditors left out of pocket after the shutdown of Megaupload and its subsidiary business’ .
He has also broken his silence and has spoken of his life inside jail and the trouble he has had settling into the country that he wants his children to call home.
LIFE INSIDE PRISON
Dotcom said he “was stunned to be locked up in prison over claims of criminal copyright infringements when accused murderers were bailed to await trial.”
He said his month “behind bars at Auckland Central Remand Prison had led him to consider appealing to the Department of Corrections to review treatment of those who had yet to be convicted of any crime.”
“The first night I didn’t have a blanket, soap, toothpaste or toilet paper. They didn’t provide us with the basic things…Every two hours, they would wake me up. I was deprived of sleep. I wrote a complaint. I said, ‘This is torture, this is sleep deprivation’.”
He met methamphetamine cooks who claimed to have prior convictions for manslaughter, and an inmate who showed him a criminal record with an extensive history of convictions.
“I’m thinking, ‘What am I doing in here?”‘
Despite the notoriety of his case, Dotcom said that he had no bad experiences with any of the inmates.
“If there was a bright side to my time in jail, it was weight loss I dropped 16kg”
Odd reactions from people began almost from the moment he decided to move to New Zealand, he said. He visited a car yard to buy a Mercedes using his credit card, which cleared and confirmed the payment. However, after leaving the car yard, he was phoned and told the sale had been cancelled. He was told the decision had been made after someone put his name through a Google search.
Dotcom said the indictment used by the US Department of Justice to trigger the raid represented only a fraction of the real picture. “For every email they have in the indictment, I have 100 others that disprove it.” Evidence including emails in which Dotcom had personally requested sites carrying links to infringing material to stop linking to Megaupload.
“How do you cherry-pick in a way which is so misleading and so malicious? For me, sitting in my cell, I’m thinking, ‘Why are they doing this? They can’t win it’.”
“They knew Mona and I were planning a trip to the US about six months after the twins were born. If you look at how long extradition can take, they could have waited for us to arrive in the US.”
DIARY OF DOTCOM
When Kim got out of prison, he decided to write a creatively humorous paragraph each day in his diary. This is what he wrote:
All I want to do is have fun.
I have a big kid inside me.
Come to think of it, I have about three or four, plus last night I ate a garage.
It makes me an easy target for the FBI. I stand out in a crowd. I am a crowd.
Their accusations are insane. It’s like trying to prove there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I have no weapons and I’m not destructive, but I am a mass.
A land mass, a continental drift, doing my best to fit into New Zealand.
Back to court, where my lawyers are fighting a new application to return me to custody.
Any day now, any day now, I shall be released! My close personal friend Bob Dylan sang those words to me at a party on my $4.3 million yacht in the Bahamas in 1973.
Mick Jagger was there. He was so vain.
John Lennon said, “Don’t I know you from Hamburg?” I did lines of peanut butter with Elvis.
I don’t regret any of it.
But all I want now is a quiet life in New Zealand.
In court, again.
I look at the documents. I am wanted by the FBI and the United States Justice Department, Hong Kong Customs, the Hong Kong Department of Justice, the Netherlands Police Agency and the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Serious Fraud and Environmental Crime in Rotterdam, London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt and the German Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Department of Justice.
It’s nice to be wanted.
But no-one asks me what I want, which is just to spend time with my family at our home in New Zealand.
Free on bail! I celebrate by sitting down with journalists and subjecting myself to their hard questions.
A nice little man called John Campbell asks, “How are you?” I tell him I am fine.
Then he asks, “Can I get you anything?” I tell him I am fine.
Then he asks, “What do think of me so far?” I pick him up and dip him in a bowl of salsa. He tastes fine.
Then I go inside and get on with my life as a law-abiding citizen of New Zealand.
Just another typical day. Mow the lawns. Wash the car. Party with the kids in my $65.99 inflatable paddling pool from Hammer Hardware. I may be larger than life. I may be a genius. But at the end of the day I’m an ordinary New Zealander.
Can’t sleep, so get up and eat the house.