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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Arrested In Cambodia 138

Posted by timothy
from the hear-the-spiders-are-delicious dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, alias "anakata," was arrested two days ago (Original, Swedish) in Pnohm Pehn, Cambodia and may soon be facing extradition to Sweden (alternate sources: Aftonbladet (Swedish), IDG (Swedish)). He was sentenced to one year in prison for his involvement in The Pirate Bay in 2009 and failed to appear at the prison to serve his sentence. On a related note, the domain freeanakata.se seems to have been registered today although it currently isn't resolving."
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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Arrested In Cambodia

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  • Sweden in general (Score:5, Interesting)

    by IamGarageGuy 2 (687655) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @10:31AM (#41199307) Journal
    It appears to me that Sweden is becoming the centre of internet freedom battles. Is this geographical, cultural,legal or just luck of the draw?
    • This is completely unrelated.. and this guys is obviously panicking, Sweden is very soft even to real criminals, they might be even softer then their neighbor Norway (where a man executed 77 children and only got max of 21 years in a comfy prison cell with a laptop and TV). The prison there is more like a rehab.
      • by Anonymous Coward

        And you forgot the treadmill :D

      • Re:Sweden in general (Score:5, Informative)

        by Sqr(twg) (2126054) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @11:13AM (#41199511)

        Breivik was sentenced to cointainment. That means he will only get out if he's deemed to no longer be dangerous to society. Very likely he'll be in prison until he dies.

        • by AmiMoJo (196126)

          Reform is the goal, and would be the greatest possible victory for society.

          • Why should someone who does that deserve that chance? Reserve that for people who haven't ruined the lives of others. I hope someone murders you and makes the world a better place.
            • by Kidbro (80868)

              Yes. Because all verdicts are made with 100% accuracy, and no innocent man has ever been sentenced to death.

          • Reform is the goal, and would be the greatest possible victory for society.

            Why? What victory does society get from reaching that goal?

            • by Anonymous Coward
              They get a good human being back and won't have to spend a lot more money on keeping someone behind bars for years where they'll only become a worse criminal when they get out. Society gets the knowledge that they are understanding and civilized, not monsters who are capable of acts that are every bit as bad as the criminal's.
      • Re:Sweden in general (Score:4, Informative)

        by teg (97890) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @11:13AM (#41199513) Homepage

        This is completely unrelated.. and this guys is obviously panicking, Sweden is very soft even to real criminals, they might be even softer then their neighbor Norway (where a man executed 77 children and only got max of 21 years in a comfy prison cell with a laptop and TV). The prison there is more like a rehab.

        The 21 year sentence is subject to extension [wikipedia.org] if he is considered a danger to society. He's never going to get out. He might deserve anything [wikipedia.org], but we like to think we have progressed somewhat.

        • Torture and indefinite sentences are actually pretty similar. In both cases they have about the same legal legitimacy as shooting people randomly. Anders Breivik, Knight Templar, Defender of the Faith, and Provisional High Judge and Executioner of the Kingdom of Norway has a nice ring to it. [Uh-oh, I think I just got on the potential bomb-maker watch-list]
        • by sco08y (615665)

          This is completely unrelated.. and this guys is obviously panicking, Sweden is very soft even to real criminals, they might be even softer then their neighbor Norway (where a man executed 77 children and only got max of 21 years in a comfy prison cell with a laptop and TV). The prison there is more like a rehab.

          The 21 year sentence is subject to extension [wikipedia.org] if he is considered a danger to society. He's never going to get out. He might deserve anything [wikipedia.org], but we like to think we have progressed somewhat.

          So you're sentencing him to death by bureaucracy? How is this progress?

          • by Trepidity (597)

            Forvaring is more or less equivalent to life in prison with possibility of parole. It's not a particularly hard to understand sentence, and imo it makes sense, since it allows for decisions to be made based on whether someone is still a danger to society or not.

            • by sco08y (615665)

              All you've really accomplished is you've taken the problem and pushed it behind layers of bureaucracy and declared yourselves civilized. It may look civilized, but a wrongfully convicted person is still basically fucked, except that in your system no one cares any more because they've fooled themselves into believing the problem is solved.

        • by Kjella (173770)

          He might deserve anything, but we like to think we have progressed somewhat.

          More like we're delayed, if the new penalty code that's 12 years delayed due to lack of computer systems to handle it (government bureaucracy, yay) was implemented he'd at least have gotten 30 years for terrorism. They can say what they want about "in practice", but in theory he could be back on the streets in 10 years if he pulls a total reformation.

          • They can say what they want about "in practice", but in theory he could be back on the streets in 10 years if he pulls a total reformation.

            Of course you're correct, but I'll try to clarify a little for our foreign friends :)

            What I think satisfies a lot of Norwegians' sense of justice is the knowledge that his punishment will be very emotionally harsh. It also has a high probability of being unlimited in length. For his own safety he will have to be kept in solitude for a *very long* time. There are probably a lot of hardened criminals in the relevant prison who would happily choke him to death with their bare hands. It helps that he was ruled

    • by Teun (17872)
      Maybe it's a function of the perceived freedom and independence Sweden was associated with for so many years.

      People were under the impression they were allowed to do things that were harder in other places.

    • by dadioflex (854298)

      It appears to me that Sweden is becoming the centre of internet freedom battles. Is this geographical, cultural,legal or just luck of the draw?

      Interesting question, and one that made me question my own national bias. I love the UK because I know no better. Parts of it are great, parts of it are terrible, but overall I can't imagine anyone improving on the mix.

      I read your comment and I thought to myself, I bet everyone thinks that. There's always somewhere better, there's always somewhere worse.

      Maybe Sweden is it. I don't think the UK is it. I KNOW Ireland isn't it. France isn't it. Germany wants to be it, but it isn't it.

      Who IS it? Sweden

    • I wonder if it's because, in theory, they have some of the more liberal laws when it comes to internet freedom.  After all, my understanding was that what the Pirate Bay was doing was perfectly legal in Sweden...in theory.

      If I were the U.S. entertainment industry and also a stupid douchebag, I might well target Sweden first for that reason.
      • by Legion303 (97901)

        "[...] the U.S. entertainment industry and also a stupid douchebag [...]"

        -1, Redundant

    • by rs79 (71822)

      If you want some insight into this, focus on the Karl Rove - Carl Bildt connection. Rove thinks he's Swedish and spends a lot ot time there and I'm sure it's just a coincidence Sweden has a pretty right wing government right now.

  • Time to shoot back? Or is self defense still frowned upon?

  • by John Hasler (414242) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @10:46AM (#41199401) Homepage

    n/t

  • by fa2k (881632)

    So can we assume that TPB including the new VPN service is a honeypot now?

  • pointless links (Score:5, Insightful)

    by alphatel (1450715) * on Saturday September 01, 2012 @11:08AM (#41199487)

    On a related note, the domain freeanakata.... seems to have been registered today although it currently isn't resolving."

    Linking to a domain that any goon could have registered for profit is somewhere between spammy and stupid.

    • Re:pointless links (Score:5, Informative)

      by mikael_j (106439) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @11:32AM (#41199623)

      I'm the one who registered the domain. I have no intent on profiting from it, just thought of all the old "Free Kevin" websites when I heard about the arrest and registered the domain. I'm currently gathering URLs to different reports on the arrest and putting them on the site.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by b4dc0d3r (1268512)

        The story doesn't read like AC submitter knew anything about you, which makes it still a bad idea. And your assurances to the contrary, at this point in time I don't know you, nor does it feel any less in the range of spammy to stupid to do so.

        And if you submitted the story anonymously to give an "I don't know anything about this website but it's here in case you're interested later" feel to it, I actually feel dirty replying. Good luck with all of that.

  • Next time try Taliban or Al-Shabaab controlled territory. The rest of the world is bent over to their American overlords.

    • Actually that just makes it easier to target him with a drone strike. Then the US can say, "We were targeting taliban mid level guy X. Killing one of the founders of the pirate bay, he was just collateral damage."

  • by Riddler Sensei (979333) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @11:14AM (#41199521)

    ...failed to appear at the prison to serve his sentence.

    This bit got me to chuckle.

    "You said you were going to beeeeee there!"

    • by AmiMoJo (196126)

      His lawyer produced a medical note stating that he was ill an unable to attend the hearing, but then lost contract and could not produce further notes to say he was unavailable for jail. Presumably if he ever were deported back to Sweden he could start an appeal based on his inability to attend and thus defend himself in court.

    • by Shihar (153932)

      The charge is stupid, but you kind of have to be a dumb ass to run from 1 year of prison in Sweden. Sweden is not exactly known for their harsh prisons, and a year in jail sounds a lot better than being forever on the run.

      • by Mathinker (909784)

        > and a year in jail sounds a lot better than being forever on the run.

        It's not clear to me that with a $1.1M judgment against him, the Swedish authorities would ever let him leave the country again.

      • The charge is stupid, but you kind of have to be a dumb ass to run from 1 year of prison in Sweden.

        Unless you expect an American RIAA goon to have you extradited to Gitmo just on the day of your release.

  • We have always not been at war [wikipedia.org] with Sweden.
  • 1. (SBU) Summary. Embassy Stockholm recommends that Sweden continues to be placed in the Special 301 Initiative, and not be on the Watch List for 2009. We are aware of the differing recommendations of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and PhRMA. Post recommendation is based on:...

    ...The sensitive domestic politics that the GOS needs to manage in order to step up internet piracy enforcement in Sweden....

    Sickening.. and more so that no government will stand up and tell the Americans

  • http://www.thelocal.se/42952/20120901/ [thelocal.se] The local is a news source for sweden translated for english speaking audience.
  • > Gottfrid Svartholm Warg

    Weren't those the blue-green versions of the dogs that bark and when they bark they shoot bees at you in Diablo I?

  • It sounds like his mother got his name from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
  • Phnom Penh
  • Tough kid, but it's life.

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