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APNewsBreak: US official confirms fifth arrest, by Dutch authorities, in Megaupload case

01/24/2012 09:23 EST | Updated 03/25/2012 05:12 EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A New Zealand judge denied bail Wednesday to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, while a U.S. official confirmed the arrest of a fifth suspect, in the Netherlands, in the copyright infringement case against the website.

Judge David McNaughton in Auckland denied Dotcom bail pending a hearing Feb. 22 on his possible extradition to face trial in the United States, saying Dotcom poses a flight risk. Dotcom, 38, insists he is innocent and poses no flight risk.

New Zealand police arrested three other Megaupload employees last week on U.S. accusations they facilitated millions of illegal downloads of films, music and other content, costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. McNaughton is expected to make bail rulings on the three later this week or early next week.

In Washington, a U.S. Justice Department official said Dutch police have arrested a fifth suspect — Andrus Nomm, 32, a citizen of Estonia and a resident of both Turkey and Estonia. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is still pending.

In all, U.S. authorities have charged seven men in the conspiracy case and are still seeking the arrest of the remaining two men.

Authorities in the U.S. are seeking to extradite the four men arrested in New Zealand and are also expected to seek Nomm's extradition.