Gottfrid Svartholm, co-founder of The Pirate Bay, was arrested last week in his riverside home in Cambodia. This week we have an update for you. Officials close to the matter have said that they are deporting Svartholm. However, there is no word as of yet on when or where they are sending him.
A spokesperson for the police, Kirth Chantharith, said,
We will deport him based on our immigration law. We just know we will deport him. As to which country, that would be up to the Swedish side.
Currently, there are no extradition agreements in place between Cambodia and Sweden, where the pirate was originally convicted. Media outlets in Cambodia have speculated that the deportation would occur very soon, so long as the police commissioner signs off on everything. We have also learned that one of the main reasons Cambodia is pushing for the immediate deportation is because of the pressure Sweden is trying to put on countries that are housing the convicted Pirate Bay founders. Only $50,000 US have been recovered from the drawn-out case and while the CEO Carl Lundstrom has served time and paid for his part of the ruling, the remaining three reside outside of Sweden and are still evading police in several countries, but occasionally popping up on Twitter to let everyone know they're okay.
We will keep you up to date as soon as we hear what happens next to Svartholm, who was hiding in his own home in Cambodia for four years before police found him. It may be 2020 before the other two are brought back home to Sweden.