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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg Arrested In Cambodia 138

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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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    by koolfy ( 1213316 ) <koolfy AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday September 01, 2012 @12:36PM (#41200051) Homepage Journal

    another guy accused of rape

    Julian Assange has not been charged of anything by any authority of any kind. He is wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct Source [justice4assange.com]

    leaves the country when his lawyer tells him that he is wanted for questioning

    Before leaving the country he consulted with the judge, who decided there was nothing holding him there and he could leave Swedish soil [skandinaviflorida.com].

    caught in Britain

    Not caught, he turned himself to the police [globalpost.com] after it became clear that the illegal (or at least illegitimate) Interpol red notice [truthout.org] was not going away. This, in the hope of resolving the matter.

    then disappearing into some embassy

    He did not disappear, he sought asylum. [guardian.co.uk] That's quite a difference.

    in breach of his bail conditions

    Because it was the only choice he had left to avoid being ultimately handed over to a country where he would be tortured or executed, thus breaching the Geneva Conventions [wikipedia.org]

    which _does_ make him a criminal in the UK

    He has not been charged nor convicted of any crime by any government yet [talkradionews.com], not Sweden, not the USA, not even the UK as far as I can tell. (prove me otherwise)

    On the other hand, Augusto Pinochet, charged by Spain for the killing of 3000 Chilean people, and torturing 30 000 more [wikipedia.org], including the raping of political prisoners with trained dogs [rrojasdatabank.info], was not only not extradited by the UK [wikipedia.org] but often drank tea with Margaret Tacher [wikipedia.org]

    This just goes to show you how much lies we are being fed by governments and medias alike. It's fairly easy to hear officials make the same mistakes as you did.
    Not because they are ignorant. Then know very well the details of this case. They're not stupid. They just choose to deliberately lie.

    You can agree or disagree with the importance of what Wikileaks does, and the importance of what Assange and Manning do for our society, but that doesn't make your claims any less WRONG

  • Re:Sweden in general (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 01, 2012 @12:50PM (#41200141)

    In a similar manner, leaving Sweden (after he had been requested to stay in Sweden by Swedish authorities) made him a criminal in Sweden

    That's not what happened though. He stayed for several weeks, said he was going to leave for engagements in the UK, got an ok to leave and left.

    I'm surprised you were able to post all that text, yet hadn't researched even the basics on the topic.

    / an ashamed Swede

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

    by Shihar ( 153932 ) on Saturday September 01, 2012 @01:11PM (#41200275)

    Julian Assange has not been charged of anything by any authority of any kind. He is wanted for questioning on allegations of sexual misconduct

    I can only assume that you are from Britain or the US (or some nation with a similar system of law) if you think this matters. Sweden's legal system is different. If he was on the run from the US instead of Sweden with the exact same charges and they held the same legal weight, he would have an arrest warrant out and have been charged. The US, Britain, and other similar legal systems charge someone formally and then try and capture them in most cases. The suspect is rarely present when charged. The Swedish system captures them and then charges them. Successfully running when they initiate the "capture and question" part of the Swedish system doesn't mean a get out of jail free card. It is of the same severity and holds similar legal weight to being charged in the US or Britain and having arrest warrant issued. This isn't the voluntary phase where you can talk to the police or not. He is in the "we are going to hold you and question you" phase, and there is a legal warrant to detain him which he has run from, which is why Britain is willing to extradite him.

    Whether or not the charges are legitimate and is this a secret plot by the US to snag him, I'll let other people argue. I'm happy Wikileaks exists regardless of whether or not Assange is a douche bag.

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