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Megaupload coders avoid 10-year sentences by testifying against Kim Dotcom

Megaupload executives Mathias Ortmann (L) and Bram van der Kolk (R) are seen in court during an extradition hearing in Auckland on September 24, 2015.

Enlarge / Megaupload executives Mathias Ortmann (L) and Bram van der Kolk (R) are seen in court during an extradition hearing in Auckland on September 24, 2015. (credit: MICHAEL BRADLEY / Stringer | AFP)

Two Megaupload coders were sentenced to prison in New Zealand yesterday after pleading guilty to fraud and promising to testify against former Megaupload CEO Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Mathias Ortmann, a former chief technology officer who held 25 percent of Megaupload shares, was sentenced to two years and seven months. Bram van der Kolk, who led Megaupload software programming and held 2.5 percent of Megaupload shares, was sentenced to two years and six months.

Ars could not immediately reach Ortmann’s and van der Kolk’s lawyers to comment. The High Court in Auckland did not immediately respond to Ars’ request to review the judgment.

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