In the months since his 12-month sentence was supposed to begin, Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm has been evading an international warrant for failing to appear for his sentence in Sweden. According to Cambodian officials, he has officially been detained, possibly found in his riverside apartment in Phnom Penh. As of now, no one has commented on the grounds of the arrest, but Svartholm's lawyer said,
In addition, he said that he believes his client will be returned to Sweden, despite the countries' lack of extradition agreements.
One issue is Svartholm's health; he was even too sick to attend his own appeal in 2010, having to stay in a Cambodian hospital. After then missing another hearing without medical excuse, the verdict was upheld and a one year jail sentence was ordered, plus a $1.1 million fine. With bad health and a massive legal problem, it seems like trying to evade the international police is a terrible idea. Even worse is hiding in a place where people know you have lived in the past.
All of that in, there is no telling what will happen with this 27-year-old over the next few months. He might serve time in Cambodia, he might be sent to Sweden to serve time there or he might be too sick to serve any time.
So, do you think he should have gone back to Sweden to serve his time or did he make the right decision to stay in Cambodia? Sound off in the comments.read more...