Bail for Dutchman Bram van der Kolk and German national Finn Batato

Two European men charged with the German millionaire at the center of a massive U.S.-led Internet piracy prosecution have been freed on bail after a hearing in a New Zealand court Thursday.

Dutchman Bram van der Kolk and German national Finn Batato were granted bail at Auckland’s north Shore District Court, Radio New Zealand reported.

Their release came the day after the founder of file-sharing website, Kim Dotcom, was denied bail and remanded in custody while the U.S. authorities proceed with their case for extradition.

A decision on bail for a fourth man, Mathias Ortmann, was adjourned until Friday.

New Zealand Police arrested the four men in raids across Auckland Friday at the request of the United States Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

They are accused of money laundering, racketeering and copyright piracy after the company was indicted in a U.S. federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, on Jan. 19.

The judge on Wednesday denied bail to Dotcom, saying there was a real and significant risk he would flee New Zealand if released from custody.

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