New Zealand judge rejects delay to Dotcom extradition hearing


Wellington (dpa) – An extradition hearing in New Zealand for internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is to resume on Thursday after Judge Nevin Dawson rejected a request by Dotcom’s lawyers to further delay proceedings.

His team had argued in court on Monday that their applications to delay or dismiss the trial should be heard before the extradition hearing proper began.

But in a written decision, Judge Dawson said Tuesday the arguments would best be heard as part of the main proceedings.

The United States is seeking the German internet mogul’s extradition on copyright charges related to his former online storage and file sharing website Megaupload.

The hearing has been postponed multiple times since Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand in 2012.

The US government is also seeking the extradition of Dotcom’s colleagues Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato.