Dotcom extradition case moves to August

ROB KIDD
Last updated 14:14 20/12/2012

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It will be eight months before Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing goes before the court.

The courts today confirmed the larger-than-life internet mogul will appear for an extradition hearing on August 12, which if successful would see him sent back to the United States to face numerous internet piracy charges.

Since Dotcom was arrested after a dawn raid at his Coatesville mansion in January, the long-running saga has taken numerous twists and turns through the courts.

Originally it was thought he would face extradition proceedings shortly after his dramatic arrest but now the legal battle might stretch as far as 2014 depending on further appeals.

Early in proceedings Dotcom was twice refused bail because he was deemed a flight risk, but by the end of February a district court judge was persuaded to let him live with his family in a small house beside the mansion.

Over the following months a number of concessions allowed the flamboyant millionaire access to cars, frozen funds and flashy recording studios.

The case hit headlines again in June when Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled the January raid was illegal and clones of seized digital material provided to the FBI was similarly unlawful.

More recently police launched an investigation into the Government Communications Security Bureau, who were found to have illegally spied on Dotcom, and just weeks ago a High Court judge ruled he could pursue the GCSB for damages.

The month-long extradition hearing was expected to take place in March but has now been pushed out a further five months.

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