The extradition bid to force Kim Dotcom to the United States
has been further delayed and will not be heard in court until
The alleged internet pirate was originally expected to fight
extradition in the months after his arrest in January.
Complications revealed in the investigation, including
illegal spying on the Megaupload millionaire prior to the
raid on his mansion, had pushed the hearing to the first half
of next year.
The courts confirmed today that Dotcom's four-week hearing
had been set down to start on August 12.
It is expected to run until September 6.
He face allegations of money laundering, online piracy,
racketeering and mass copyright infringement.
With appeals likely to follow any initial ruling on
extradition, the case could extend into 2014.
Meanwhile, the Green Party says it has been advised by the
police that an investigation into whether the Government
Communications Security Bureau's surveillance of Dotcom was
legal has been held up by the bureau becoming a party to his
legal proceedings in the High Court.
The police wrote to Greens co-leader Norman today to say they
expected to give him an update on the investigation early
Information and disclosure related to the court cases were
impacting on the technical processes in the police
investigation, the police reportedly told Dr Norman.
Police are investigating after Dr Norman asked them to
establish whether the bureau breached the Crimes Act through
its surveillance of Dotcom.
"While we understand the difficulties involved in the court
case proceeding while aspects of the GCSB's involvement are
under investigation by the police, this investigation must
come to a conclusion in its own right,'' Green Party
Co-leader Metiria Turei said.
"Our spies are subject to the laws of this land. They must be
held accountable by the police and the courts when they
violate those laws.
"The police, being the ones who called in the GCSB and who
are now in court with the GCSB against Dotcom, must take
extra effort to ensure the independence of their
investigation into whether GCSB's illegal spying broke the
"I take this letter to mean that police are taking such
issues seriously, and are formulating measures to make sure
the public can have confidence in the robustness of their
criminal investigation,'' Mrs Turei said.