A NEW ZEALAND COURT has delayed Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing while some issues with his arrest and other business are sorted out.
Reuters reports that the extradition hearing that was set for early August will be postponed until next March.
One of the Megalupload chief's lawyers, William Akel, told Reuters that the hearing date of August 6 is too soon, adding that two judicial reviews of the way Dotcom was arrested are unlikely to be finished by then. Because of this, his defence team had to agree to the delay.
"It was inevitable that the hearing for August was going to be vacated because we have two existing cases in the High Court," he said, while expressing disappointment at the delay.
"You obviously want the extradition case to go ahead as soon as you can, but you have to put up with the inevitable."
Megaupload's team is disapointed because the delay comes just as the US case is starting to look very shaky.
Dotcom got straight to the point on his Twitter feed, and accused the US of shenanigans that are designed to ruin him and his business.
"Extradition hearing delayed til March. Dirty delay tactics by the US. They destroyed my business. Took all my assets. Time does the rest," he said. "The NZ government is refusing an NZ resident due process and a fair defense... Shame on you."
US authorities want to get their hands on Dotcom and present him with charges relating to alleged copyright infringement and theft. They reckon that Megaupload was a 'piracy' operation rather than the digital locker that its supporters say it was. µ