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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom released on bail

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Kim Dotcom, founder of the website Megaupload, has been released from jail in New Zealand after being granted bail.

Dotcom appeared Wednesday in the North Shore District Court and was released after a judge found he was not a flight risk, according to New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice.

The court had denied an earlier appeal by Dotcom for bail, making Wednesday’s ruling a surprise. Dotcom had been held in custody since his arrest Jan. 20.

U.S. authorities claim Megaupload facilitated millions of illegal downloads. They are trying to extradite Dotcom and three of his colleagues on racketeering charges. Dotcom’s colleagues had earlier been granted bail by New Zealand courts.

The Ministry of Justice did not immediately have available the conditions of Dotcom’s release.

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