WELLINGTON (AFP) – Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, accused of pocketing more than US$175 million from pirated copies of movies and other material, claimed Wednesday he was broke and facing jail in New Zealand.
In a live video link from his New Zealand mansion to the UnBound Digital conference in England, the German-born entrepreneur said he had no money left to defend himself at a bail hearing in Auckland on Thursday.
“I’m defenceless and they’re using that opportunity to try and get my bail revoked and that’s what I’m facing on Thursday,” said Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to the United States where he is wanted on Internet piracy charges.
“This might be my last public appearance and if I go back to jail you can tell everybody that was the one.”
Dotcom, whose New Zealand lawyers recently quit, claimed he has spent US$10 million on legal costs since he was arrested in a dramatic police helicopter swoop on his mansion in January 2012.
“They have certainly managed to drain my resources,” he said.