Five years after they were first sentenced to jail by a Swedish court, the three co-founders of notorious file-sharing site The Pirate Bay have all been arrested.
Fredrik Neij (known as ‘TiAmo’) was the last to be caught, detained yesterday on the border between Thailand and Laos where he had been living with his wife and children since 2012.
Neij, along with co-founders Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm, were originally sentence to one year in prison each and a fine of 30 million krona (£2.5 million). After a successful appeal in 2010 their jail time was reduced by the fine increased – to 46 million krona.
Neij’s capture follows that of Peter Sunde, who was arrested on 31 May hiding out on a farm in a rural area of Sweden, and Gottfrid Svartholm, who was arrested in Cambodia on 30 August 2012.
Svartholm was sentenced to three and a half years in jail at the end of last week – but not for his involvement in The Pirate Bay. The 30-year-old was convicted of hacking government computers in 2012. Sunde, meanwhile, has nearly finished his eight-month sentence from 2010.
In a 2013 documentary about the website entitled TPB AFK, Neij spoke from Laos: “I can serve a prison sentence. But why do it if I don't have to?” he said. “Why shouldn't I stay here for 5 years? You can't go to jail for something you haven't done.”
Despite the trio’s arrest The Pirate Bay remains accessible – even in many countries it is ostensibly banned from – thanks to a decision in 2012 that moved what were once physical servers hosting the site to the cloud.Reuse content