Missing Pirate Bay Founder Arrested In Cambodia

artist: Pirate Bay date: 09/03/2012 category: industry news
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Missing Pirate Bay Founder Arrested In Cambodia
The founder of filesharing site The Pirate Bay has been arrested in the Cambodian capital of Phnom after spending months on the run. Gottfrid Svartholm had been found guilty of copyright crimes, and was supposed to start a one-year jail sentence on January 2, 2012 alongside three other co-founders of the controversial website. His arrest was made at the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology, confirmed a police spokesperson. There is no extradition treaty between Cambodia and Sweden, though it is presumed that he will eventually be transferred to his home country to face justice. He was arrested in an apartment above a bar on the riverfront, according to Torrent Freak. Svartholm had been battling poor health during his trial which made him absent from at least one early hearing, but failed to show up to another which prompted the court to finalize his fine of $1.1 million and one-year jail sentence. He had an opportunity to return before January 2 and serve his jail time, but failed to appear. Now he must wait to see if and how he is returned - though he might be longing for a Swedish prison now he's seen behind bars in Cambodia.
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