U.S. ordered to prepare for handover of MegaUpload data

A New Zealand court says U.S. needs to prepare to hand over data from seized servers before an extradition hearing.

Kim DotCom, the founder of MegaUpload. 3News in New Zealand

A New Zealand court has ordered the U.S. government to get ready to give MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom and his co-defendants copies of the data from servers seized by federal agents, ComputerWorld reported today.

The data includes over 10 million intercepted emails, financial records and more than 150 terabytes of data stored on servers seized in New Zealand.

The same court told the U.S. in May that it had three weeks to show the evidence that supports its indictment against MegaUpload managers.

In January, the U.S. government  indicted DotCom and five others connected to the company on criminal copyright charges.

New Zealand police then raided DotCom's home, seized his possessions and threw him in jail. The Justice Department wants to prosecute DotCom and the other defendants in the U.S. and will make its arguments at an extradition hearing in New Zealand scheduled for August 6. But Judge David Harvey wants DotCom's lawyers to be able to review the evidence first.

The judge's latest ruling may push back that August 6 hearing.

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