Dutch arrest Megaupload suspect at US request

Jan 25, 2012, 9:53 AM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A prosecutor’s office spokeswoman says an Estonian citizen has been jailed for 60 days after being arrested by Dutch police at the request of American authorities investigating file-sharing website Megaupload.

Spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen declined Wednesday to release the man’s name in line with Dutch privacy rules, but a U.S. Justice Department official identified him as software programmer Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and a resident of both Turkey and Estonia.

Van der Molen says the suspect was arrested last Friday and appeared before a judge Monday who ordered him detained for 60 days pending an American extradition request.

New Zealand police arrested four other suspects last week, including Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

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