[A2k] Pirate Bay co-founder can be extradited from Sweden to Denmark, court rules

Riaz K Tayob riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 12:55:02 PDT 2013


  Pirate Bay co-founder can be extradited from Sweden to Denmark, court
  rules

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is accused of involvement in one of Denmark's 
biggest hacking attacks

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Gottfrid Svartholm Warg
Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, who is accused of 
involvement in one of Denmark's biggest hacking attacks. Photograph: 
Bertil Ericson/AFP/Getty Images

The Swedish co-founder of the Pirate Bay file-sharing website can be 
extradited to Denmark <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/denmark> to face 
hacking <http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/hacking> charges, a 
Swedish court has ruled.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is accused of involvement in one of Denmark's 
biggest hacking attacks -- on databases holding driving licence records, 
official email messages and millions of social security numbers. The 
attacks on the databases, all run by a Danish subsidiary of the US 
technology company CSC, took place between April and August last year. A 
20-year-old Danish man, alleged to be Warg's accomplice, is being held 
in custody in Denmark, having pleaded not guilty.

The decision by the Nacka district court comes as Warg, 28, who remains 
in custody in Sweden <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/sweden>, awaits 
the verdict expected this week in a trial in Sweden in which he was 
accused of hacking into the IT systems of the Logica services company 
and stealing ID details of 9,000 Swedes. He allegedly attempted to 
transfer 5.7m Swedish kronor (£560,000) to various accounts.

He can appeal against the extradition 
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/extradition> decision, which will also be 
dependent on the verdict and any sentence in the Logica trial.

Warg and the other three Pirate Bay co-founders were found guilty in 
2009 of assisting the distribution of illegal content online 
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/17/the-pirate-bay-trial-guilty-verdict>. 
They were all handed jail terms and a collective fine of $2m (£1.3m), 
increased at their appeal to $6.5m. Warg left the country before serving 
his sentence but was deported from Cambodia last year 
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/sep/04/pirate-bay-founder-deported-cambodia>.

His case falls under a Nordic arrest warrant, which means there is no 
legal review of evidence in the case.

That distinguishes it from the case of the WikiLeaks founder Julian 
Assange, who has justified sheltering in the Ecuadorean embassy in 
London for a year to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sex assault and 
rape accusations, which he denies, by arguing that he would face onward 
extradition to the US to face potential charges relating to the 
WikiLeaks releases.

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