Gottfrid Svartholm Is Back Home: Immediately Detained By Police Authorities
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As you all know by now, Pirate Bay’s founder Gottfrid Svartholm was arrested in Cambodia at the order of his home country – Sweden – which apparently paid a whole lot of money to Cambodia for this move. Although the arrest had nothing to do with his ties with the portal, but rather a tax-related hack he was linked to, Gottfrid was eventually sent back to his home country. Here’s what happened at arrival.
After twelve days spent with Cambodian authorities, Gottfrid was finally deported yesterday.
“We deported him out of the country in accordance with the order from the ministry of interior,” Chhour Kimny – chief of the Cambodian immigration police – confirmed.
We’ve mentioned that there is not treaty signed between these two countries, but that didn’t stop Cambodian authorities to deport him anyway. On what grounds? Well, it seems that Gottfrid’s visa had expired, so this was a pretty good reason for authorities to send him away. The thing is that, according to the law, Gottfrid should have been able to choose a country, but that right was utterly denied.
Sok Sam Oeun – executive director of the Cambodian Defenders Project – showed great dissatisfaction with this event.
“Now it’s too late to intervene,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pirate Bay’s founder was firstly sent to Thailand, while being escorted by Swedish officials, and then he took a plane back to this country, where he was “greeted” by two Swedish police officers.
What’s going to happen with Gottfrid from now on remains to be seen. He is, however, bound to serve one year in jail for his connections with The Pirate Bay, and also pay a $1.1 million fine. As for the hack attack against Logica, Gottfrid will probably be judge by a Swedish court and charged according to their law. We’ll keep you updated on this dramatic story as soon as possible.