Judge David McNaughton issued his ruling on Wednesday morning local time and said that it was “due to the risk Mr. Dotcom would flee jurisdiction and the possibility that if he reached Germany he wouldn’t be extradited to face the charges.”
He will remain in jail as he awaits extradition to the U.S.
A decision on the fate of his colleagues has yet to be made.
However, Mr. McNaughton said at Mr. Dotcom’s bail hearing Monday that his decision on their fate would depend on that of Mr. Dotcom.
A hearing on extradition is expected to take “many months,” Mr. McNaughton said.