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article imageMegaupload founder's extradition hearing delayed

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By Abigail Prendergast     Jul 10, 2012 in Crime
Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, has been granted a few extra months of freedom. His extradition hearing has been delayed until early next year as the result of a judge's claim that the warrants used to raid his home and seize his property were invalid.
Kim Schmitz, more well-known as Kim Dotcom, founder of file-sharing website, Megaupload, "can breathe a little easier for a few more months" as his extradition hearing has been postponed by a New Zealand court, reports Mashable.com.
The reason for the delay is due to the fact that the search and seizure of the website's master-in-chief have been thrown into question. A judge in New Zealand said the warrants used in order to obtain Dotcom's assets was in fact, invalid.
Dotcom, who is "wanted by U.S. law enforcement but living in" said country, had his hearing originally set for this upcoming August. However, it has since then been pushed back to March 2013, according to Reuters.
Shortly after receiving news of the deferment, Dotcom "railed against the handling of the United States' legal case against him," and even the decision made by New Zealand's court system to delay his extradition hearing to The Hollywood Reporter.
Delaying the hearing from August 6, 2012 to March 25, 2013 is merely a means for the two countries to work in tandem against Dotcom, as he pointed out they were utilizing "dirty delay tactics instead of evidence."
Dotcom, along with three other MU staff members, were arrested this past January following a raid of his home and confiscation of equipment by New Zealand authorities was conducted due to a request made by the U.S. He thus spent a month in jail, and has recently gotten back onto social networking site, Twitter; he is even promoting a new product called "Megabox."
Megaupload, from its establishment in 2005 until its shutdown in 2012, was dedicated to allowing its users to mutually share files, despite the fact that law enforcement had taken hold of the company's servers. But its users, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, are fighting in order to get back whatever data was legally stored on the site.
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