20 Dec 2012

Dotcom extradition hearing delayed again

1:05 pm on 20 December 2012

Internet businessman Kim Dotcom will have to wait until August to find out whether he will be extradited after his hearing was delayed for a second time.

The co-founder of the Megaupload website faces extradition to the United States on charges of internet copyright fraud.

His case was to be heard this year, but has been delayed twice because of legal action at the High Court and Court of Appeal.

The four-week hearing has been moved from March to August next year, but Mr Dotcom's legal team says that date may be postponed again if it doesn't get access to the evidence the FBI has against its client.

The High Court ruled that the Crown must hand over the evidence, to allow Mr Dotcom's lawyers the chance to prepare their case.

That decision was appealed and a ruling is still pending.