Kim Dotcom hearing to be delayed

Last updated 15:30 23/02/2014
Kim Dotcom
KIM DOTCOM: "A political case needs to be fought politically. Not just in the courts."

Relevant offers

Politics

Legal cannabis could collect $150 million a year but Bill English isn't pursuing it Tracy Watkins: Helen Clark's down but not out in the race to lead the UN Foreign Minister Murray McCully contracted Zika Veteran Taranaki regional councillor will not contest seat in upcoming election Prime Minister's department was warned of Chinese threats against NZ dairy and kiwifruit but didn't brief him Failed leadership coup exposes more 'toxic culture' at Wellington City Council Patrick Gower admits man crush on Donald Trump's son in weird live video from RNC Helen Kelly: 'My back is broken and I only have months to live but I'm pain free' US Vice President Joe Biden accepts challenge at Government House Prime Minister John Key visits South Canterbury

Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing is likely to be delayed by eight months - and the internetmogul believes it is because of this year's election.

The Auckland District court hearing was due to take place in April after being moved from November 2013. He was arrested in January 2012 after a joint police-FBI raid on his home. The US wants him to stand trial for charges relating to internet piracy, which he denies.

The legal battle was bogged down by a series of challenges. Last week Dotcom suffered a blow when the Appeal Court ruled the search warrants for the raid were valid.

However, it also said clones of computer data were unlawfully removed to the US by the FBI.

Both Dotcom and Crown lawyers are considering challenging aspects of the decision.

The Mega boss says an alternative date for extradition hearing is now likely to be pencilled in for November, which he believes will save Prime Minister John Key embarrassment during an election campaign.

Pundits are expecting the country will go to the polls in late September or early October.

Dotcom wants the cloned hard drives returned to New Zealand. He says without them his legal team can't prepare for the hearing.  

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content