Pirate Bay cofounder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been deported from Cambodia to Sweden to face one-year imprisonment and a fine in his homeland.
Warg, 27, was taken into custody in Cambodia late last month and has been waiting when and how he could be extradited to his native country.
On August 30, at the request of Swedish authorities, Svartholm was arrested by Cambodian police in the capital city of Phnom Penh, where he had been living for several years.
Cambodia has no extradition treaty with Sweden, but Cambodian police spokesperson Kirth Chantharith told news agency AFP that it would look into their laws and see how they can handle the case.
Later on, Cambodian police were reportedly saying the Swedish government had requested Warg’s deportation in connection with a crime related to information technology.
Last week, speculations on Warg’s arrest alleged an injection of Swedish foreign aid cash into Cambodia.
The announcement on September 5 by Keat Chhon, Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, of a 400 million kronor (around US$59 million at the time) two-year democratic development, human rights, education, and climate change grant from the Swedish government has been connected to Warg’s arrest in the press.
Swedish authorities have disclaimed any links with the foreign aid, saying that Warg faces only a year in prison and the cost of the $59 million package far outweighs the benefits of locking him up.
Cambodian authorities had already said that they were keen to deport Warg.
According to a local paper’s report, The Pirate Bay’s founding father waiting time has ended, as he had landed and been arrested in Sweden.
The report from Swedish website Aftonbladet says Warg was apprehended the moment he set foot in Sweden, but details on his actual charges remain unknown.
The details on the arrest of Warg keep turning into deliberately unclear and almost dishonest grounds.
While it was originally thought that charges related to his previous involvement with The Pirate Bay, for which he will face one-year imprisonment and a fine, was responsible for his arrest, speculations now revolve on him being wanted for questioning on a hacking incident associated with IT services firm Logica.
Another report from a local website seem to support the argument that Warg could have been arrested because of an attack on Logica, rather than his involvement with The Pirate Bay.
Unfortunately, automatically Google-translated web content only make matters harder to handle (if you understand Swedish, we need a clearer understanding on this one).
From our understanding of the English-translated Swedish website DN.se (see source link below), sources are claiming Warg supposedly was involved in a hacking attack on Logica that began in 2010 and continued for several years.
According to the report, the attacks gave attackers access to personal tax data and other documents.
Logica neither confirmed nor denied reports it had fallen victim to a chain of cyber-attacks during the course of two years, which reportedly compromised the personal details of thousands of individuals.
Logica has not responded to our request for comment, but this is not the first time the conditions of Warg’s arrest have been muddied.
A brief message on the Swedish prosecutor office’s website says a man has been arrested in connection with a possible attack on both Logica and the local tax board but it does not name the suspect.
However, the fact remains that Warg was arrested in Cambodia the same time he was wanted on charges connected to The Pirate Bay.
The Pirate Bay (commonly abbreviated TPB) is a Swedish file-sharing website founded in 2003 that hosts magnet links and bills itself as “the world’s most resilient BitTorrent site”.