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Dotcom extradition hearing postponed again

By | Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Kim Schmitz

America’s bid to extradite MegaUpload founder Kim ‘Dotcom’ Schmitz has been delayed yet again, and now won’t get to court until at least November.

US prosecutors want New Zealand resident Dotcom to face charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement in an American court, but efforts to extradite him have been hindered by various legal technicalities, not least the fact the authorities in New Zealand raided the Mega chief’s home in January 2012 with the wrong warrant.

The date for an extradition hearing has been pushed back a number of times already, though had been set to finally occur in August. But yesterday a spokeswoman for Auckland’s North Shore District Court said that hearing had now been postponed again, to 21 Nov, plus a back up date of 14 Apr 2014 had already been pencilled into the diary in case the November hearing wasn’t possible.

Dotcom, of course, denies all the allegations against him and his MegaUpload colleagues, and accuses the US government of breaking the law itself when it swooped to shut down his online operation last year.