Internet-Millionär Kim Schmitz bettelt vor Gericht: Ich brauche 140 000 Euro im Monat – Bild.de

Kim Schmitz: Ich brauche 140 000 Euro pro Monat für Bodyguards, Diener und mein Telefon

Auckland (Neuseeland) – Er muss nicht wieder in U-Haft. Doch Kim Schmitz (38) will mehr. Der dicke Internet-Millionär verlangt jetzt rund 140 000 Euro (220 000 Neuseeland-Dollar), um sein Luxusleben zu finanzieren. Pro Monat!

Der Deutsche ist in Neuseeland auf Kaution frei, muss eine Fußfessel tragen, darf sein Haus nur mit Genehmigung verlassen und nicht ins Internet.

Schmitz beim Verlassen des Gerichts am 28.02.2012 im Hintergrund links seine Frau Mona.

Wofür er das Geld braucht? Der Wachdienst ist nicht umsonst (rund 15 000 Euro), persönlicher Assistent, mehrere Kindermädchen und Butler wollen ebenfalls versorgt sein (18 000 Euro). Und natürlich die Protz-Villa: Dort fielen für Energiekosten rund 5400 Euro im Monat an. Und der Privatlehrer für den Nachwuchs schlägt mit 4000 Euro zu Buche.

Unglaublich, allein für anstehende Telefonrechnungen bettelte Schmitz vor Gericht um 3100 Euro. Plus gut 600 Euro fürs Handy.

Begründung: In den nächsten Wochen müsse er ja ständig mit seinen Anwälten in den USA sprechen.

Der Gründer der Internet-Plattform und Tauschbörse „Megaupload“ war am 20. Januar festgenommen worden.

Die US-Behörden werfen Schmitz massive Verstöße gegen das Urheberrecht vor, Filme, Musiktitel und Softwareangebote seien illegal weiterverteilt worden.

Kim Schmitz soll allein im Jahr 2010 durch seine mutmaßlich illegalen Internetaktivitäten rund 32 Millionen Euro verdient haben.

Im August wird ein Richter am High Court in Schmitz‘ Wahlheimat Auckland über eine Auslieferung an die USA entscheiden.

Schmitz beim Verlassen des Gerichts am 28.02.2012

Und wo soll das Geld für das Luxusleben herkommen? Schmitz will wieder Zugriff auf sein neuseeländisches Konto haben, auf dem rund 190 000 Euro liegen.

Doch der Richter blieb hart und gab Familie Schmitz „nur“ rund 19 000 Euro für die nächsten drei Wochen. Bis zur nächsten Anhörung.

Davon sind 7600 Euro aber für medizinische Untersuchungen der hochschwangeren Mona Schmitz (8. Monat). Obendrauf gab es aber noch ein Auto.

Angebliche Geldsorgen, Fluchtgefahr, Luxusleben – es wird nicht leise um Kim Schmitz!

Nach ein paar Wochen in U-Haft war der Deutsche am 22. Februar gegen Kaution und strikte Auflagen wieder auf freien Fuß gekommen: So ist es ihm zum Beispiel untersagt, das Internet zu nutzen – und auch sein Privathubschrauber muss am Boden bleiben.

Anders sieht das in den USA aus: Dort drohen ihm bis zu 20 Jahren Gefängnis.

via Internet-Millionär Kim Schmitz bettelt vor Gericht: Ich brauche 140 000 Euro im Monat – News Ausland – Bild.de.

Kim Dotcom remains on bail – NZ Herald News

Der NZ Herald hat intressante Details über Schmitz‘ monatliche Ausgaben. So sollen sich die monatliche Ausgaben alleine für Assistenten und Kindermädchen auf $29.000 Dollar belaufen. Dazu kämen noch $8500 für Strom und Gas sowie weitere $5000 für Telefonleitungen. Gemittelt haben er und seine Frau Mona in den letzten Jahren scheinbar schlappe $220,465.56 im Monat ausgegeben. Wow!

Die Schlinge zieht sich jetzt auch über Monas Kopf zusammen „Mrs Dotcom could have been involved in the company.“

Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom will remain on bail until his extradition hearing in August, a judge has ruled.

Giving his decision in the High Court at Auckland today, Justice Tim Brewer said he agreed with a North Shore District Court judge’s decision to allow the Megaupload founder bail.

In his decision, delivered this afternoon, Justice Brewer said Dotcom’s electronic bail went some way to mitigating the risk he would flee, and while he was not certain Dotcom would not leave the country, the law did not require him to be certain.

The Crown, on behalf of the US Government, yesterday appealed the decision to grant the German millionaire bail, saying he was still a flight risk.

The 38-year-old is accused of breaching international copyright laws to the value of US$500 million through the company he founded – file-sharing site Megaupload – in what US prosecutors allege was a „mega conspiracy“.

The FBI wants to extradite Dotcom and three associates to the US in August to face charges including conspiring to commit racketeering, conspiring to commit money-laundering, copyright infringement and aiding and abetting copyright infringement.

He strongly denies any wrongdoing and has consistently said he would not try to leave NZ.

The millionaire German has had millions of dollars in assets seized by authorities. He and his associates were arrested in a raid at his $30m rented mansion at Coatesville.

Last week when he was released on bail, Dotcom said he was relieved to be going home to his wife and children.

An extradition hearing is due to be held in August.

It was also revealed today that Dotcom and his wife are seeking more than $200,000 a month to cover living expenses, including bodyguards, nannies and a personal assistant.

Dotcom and three New Zealand-based associates are on electronic bail while facing charges, laid by United States prosecutors, relating to the Megaupload website.

A total of seven men involved in the file-sharing website face charges including conspiring to commit racketeering, conspiring to commit money-laundering, copyright infringement and aiding and abetting copyright infringement.

Mr Dotcom and his wife, Mona Dotcom, are seeking to free up money from a restraining order to cover living expenses estimated at $220,465.56 per month.

The expenses include ongoing staff costs of $29,000 a month, which covers general staff, nannies, a butler and Mrs Dotcom’s personal assistant.

The couple also say they rack up power bills of $8500 in power and gas, and landline phone costs of $5000 per month, said Crown Prosecutor Anne Toohey.

The pair are seeking to free up the money from a RaboBank account under Dotcom’s name containing $300,000.

Initial negotiations on February 9 indicated the couple would need $10,000 a month to live, said Ms Toohey.

The hearing continues this afternoon, with counsels representing Mr Dotcom and Mrs Dotcom due to give their arguments.

The issue of whether Dotcom’s heavily pregnant wife may have been involved in the company has also been raised today.

Ms Toohey said she had received a preliminary application from the United States last night saying that „Mrs Dotcom could have been involved in the company.“

She was now waiting on more information from the United States, which she expected to arrive tonight.

„I would hope that I could do that again overnight. That’s their working time but sometimes there is a delay … in getting information from them.

„I would hope that they are working on it now.“

She said she wished to clarify the application with the United States prosecutors.

A copy of the preliminary application had been handed to both Judge Judith Potter and Mrs Dotcom’s lawyer.

The matter has been stood down while the issue of foreign restraining orders on properties were dealt with at the hearing.

via Kim Dotcom remains on bail – Technology – NZ Herald News.

Erstes Interview nach Kaution: “We’re Going To Win” – TorrentFreak

Unsere Blogger Kollegen von torrentfreak.com haben es in den letzten Tagen geschafft  ein Telefon-Interview mit Kim Schmitz aka Dotcom nach der Freilassung auf Kaution  zu führen. Er läßt ein wenig seiner geplanten Verteidigunsstrategie durchblitzen, doch lest selbst:

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom: “We’re Going To Win”

After several failed attempts, last week Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was finally granted bail and freed from prison. After initially spending time with his wife and children, Kim agreed to share his thoughts with TorrentFreak. For a man whose just had everything he owns taken away from him, he is effortlessly composed and quietly confident.

The Internet. We take this astonishing network for granted as we send our daily emails and catch up on the daily news.

Many of us can’t handle being offline for more than a few minutes. An ISP outage or cellphone breakdown often signals furious nail biting and a unique technological form of isolation anxiety.

For Kim Dotcom, the founder of the now-defunct Megaupload file-hosting service and a man whose fame and fortune was largely made online, communicating via purely AFK methods is now a fact of daily life.

After being denied bail on several occasions, at the North Shore District Court on February 22nd Judge Nevin Dawson finally agreed to Kim’s release. Although he is allowed to have a computer, the strict terms of Kim’s bail dictate a total ban on Internet access.

A few hours ago, armed with a good old-fashioned telephone, TorrentFreak spoke with Kim at his New Zealand home. So how is he bearing up after the ordeals of the past few weeks?

“I’m fine thanks,” he reassured us in a cheerful tone. “I’m only just catching up.”

During the days since his release Kim says he’s enjoyed spending time with his wife Mona and their children – a quiet family time in stark contrast to the events of January 19th.

“You should have been here, it was amazing, it was like a war zone. Armed police everywhere….two helicopters,” Kim recalled. “The New Zealand authorities certainly put on a show for the FBI.”

But if the dramatic events of that morning – elite anti-terrorist police running around with assault rifles and shouting about bombs – are bothering Kim inside, he certainly isn’t letting it show.

Mirroring the tone of the discussions TorrentFreak had with the larger-than-life entrepreneur last year, the Mega founder was as calm and considered as ever. For a man who has not only lost everything (not least all of his companies and tens of millions of dollars) but also faces extradition to the United States, he’s amazingly positive that the battles ahead are winnable.

Those battles, however, will initially have to be fought in New Zealand courtrooms and if the extradition is successful, back in the United States too. Kim is naturally cautious about us revealing too much about Megaupload’s strategy and how the company’s owners intends to counter the claims being made against them, but it’s safe to say that it’s underpinned by a firm belief that on the best legal advice, the business operated legally.

This confidence, Kim says, is shared by his co-defendants – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.

“We’re going for this and we’re confident we’re going to win. It [the heavy handedness] went way too far, it was out of all proportion,” Kim told TorrentFreak. “We feel that the action taken against us was political.”

via Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom: “We’re Going To Win” | TorrentFreak.

Schmitz auf Kaution entlassen: Dotcom ’not flight risk‘, gets bail – NZ Herald News

Schmitz auf Kaution entlassen

Dotcom 'not flight risk', gets bail - Crime - NZ Herald News

Wie der NZ Herald soeben berichtete ist Kim Schmitz / Dotcom auf Kaution entlassen worden. Es wird aktuell nicht von Fluchtgefahr ausgegangen. Unter folgenden Auflagen durfte er das Gefägnis vorerst verlassen:

– keine Internet Nutzung

– er muss sich in der gekauften und mittlerweile beschlagnahmten Villa in Coatesville aufhalten.

– keine Hubschrauber Nutzung

– er darf sich nicht mehr als 80km von dem Haus entfernen

Hier der original Bericht:

Dotcom ’not flight risk‘, gets bail

Megaupload millionaire Kim Dotcom has been granted bail after a judge decided he was not enough of a flight risk to keep in custody.

The website’s founder and three of his associates have appeared in the North Shore District Court this morning.

(c) Grahame Cox/Fairfax NZ

New Zealand police raided Kim Dotcom’s $30 million rented mansion at Coatesville at dawn on January 20, at the request of US authorities.

Dotcom and three of his associates, Mathias Ortmann, Bran van der Kolk and Finn Batato, are accused of internet piracy.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to extradite them to the United States to face charges of conspiring to commit racketeering, conspiring to commit money laundering, copyright infringement, and aiding and abetting copyright infringement over the internet through the website Megaupload.

Additional charges of criminal copyright infringement and wire fraud have also since been filed by US authorities.

Dotcom’s associates had all earlier been granted bail.

The prosecution had argued that because Dotcom was „a wealthy man“ he must have significant resources available to him and would be able to fund an escape from New Zealand.

(c) Grahame Cox/Fairfax NZ

However, a North Shore District Court Judge Nevin Dawson has found that there had been no new significant asset seizures since his mansion was raided and he was arrested.

„The disposition that he is wealthy and must have more assets is not evidence.

„It would seem that he has every reason to stay (in New Zealand) to be with his family and to fight to keep his significant assets,“ Judge Dawson said.

Dotcom’s lawyer argued that his client should be allowed to have access to the internet while on bail, despite strong opposition, saying it is a fundamental form of communication for him to prepare his defence with overseas lawyers.

The prosecution had raised concerns that Dotcom had three passports under different names, which it argued made him a flight risk.

There was a black bag containing a passport next to his bed when he was arrested.

However, Judge Dawson said there was no evidence that these passports had been used illegally.

He was also of the view that Dotcom would probably have kept the black bag with him when he fled to a safe room when police raided his property if he intended to leave the country.

„One would have thought he would have kept the bag with him if that’s what it was for.“

He was granted bail on the condition that he does not use the internet.

He is to reside at his Coatesville property and is not to use a helicopter.

He is also not to travel more than 80km from the property.

If he needs to travel further for an appointment he must notify police at least 24 hours prior, unless it is a medical emergency.

via Dotcom ’not flight risk‘, gets bail – Crime – NZ Herald News.