Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested in Cambodia
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the four convicted and sentenced at a Swedish court for his involvement in running the site was arrested Thursday, after being on the run since 2009. He was initially declared too unwell to attend court, but he subsequently skipped his sentencing hearing and went on the run.
He has now been tracked down to the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where he had settled. No reason was initially given for his arrest, however, Cambodian police have now all but confirmed that his arrest was related to The Pirate Bay saying, "His arrest was made at the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology," a police spokesman told AFP. Cambodia has no extradition treaty with Sweden, but it appears that getting people out of Cambodia and into the waiting arms of a country that wants them isn't exactly difficult.
TPB has been remarkably resilient to all attempts at taking it down, even changing its domain name when it had to, but is this finally the beginning of the end for The Pirate Bay? Let's hope not.
So what now for Gottfrid? Details are scarce but yesterday local police said that although there is no extradition treaty between Cambodia and Sweden, they are looking into their laws to see how the case can be handled. However, according to someone [we'll call him Tommy] who got into trouble in Cambodia "for being a complete idiot", authorities out there do pretty much as they please and getting people out of the country is easily achieved, extradition treaty or not.
Posted by | Sun, Sep 02, 2012 - 10:07 PM