It will be at least five months before the fugitive former CEO of Comverse Technology Inc. learns whether he will be sent to the United States for trial in a stock-options fraud case, a Namibian government official said Friday.

At a hearing Thursday, a magistrate set an extradition hearing for April 25-27, 2007, for Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, according to Dennis Khama, a Namibian Ministry of Justice official who handles extradition issues. Khama said Alexander made a brief appearance at the hearing.