Kim Dotcom, Megaupload founder, denied bail appeal

The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a US extradition request, scheduled for Feb. 22.

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Founder of online file-sharing site Megaupload.com Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor, attends a hearing at the North Shore District Court in Auckland, in this still image taken from video Jan. 25.

A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload.

The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a U.S. extradition request, scheduled for Feb. 22.

Dotcom told the Auckland court that he would not flee New Zealand and wants to fight to get back his money, some of which authorities seized last month.

He also complained that he had received unwanted letters from female prisoners and a phone call from a man posing as a prosecutor, according to reports by media outlets.

A government lawyer said during Friday's hearing that a known forger tried to visit Dotcom.

U.S. authorities claim Megaupload facilitated millions of illegal downloads. They are trying to extradite Dotcomand three colleagues on racketeering charges.

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