Neij, one of Pirate Bay founders, arrested in Thailand
The Nation, a news website based in Thailand is reporting that Fredrik Neij, a co-founder of the file sharing website The Pirate Bay, was arrested on the border between Laos and Thailand. His lawyer in Sweden confirmed the arrest, reports Swedish Radio News.
According to The Nation Neij was arrested Monday trying to drive through a border station with his wife. The Nong Khai Immigration police announced Neji's arrest Tuesday morning.
Neij, 36, has been on the run for four years and was the last of the three men who were convicted in 2010 to face his criminal sentence. Co-founder Peter Sunde, after living in Berlin, was arrested in the southern town of Skåne in May and is currently incarcertated, reports daily tabloid Aftonbladet. Carl Lundström, who was convicted for providing data services to the Pirate Bay, served his sentence and now lives in Switzerland.
A third founding member Gottfrid Warg, 29, had hidden in Cambodia for several years before being arrested in 2012. He was convicted in 2013 for separate crimes related to data infiltration and was sentenced just last week by a Danish court to three and a half years in prison for criminal charges there.
Neij has been wanted since 2010 when he fled before serving a sentence for a conviction in 2009. He had been sentenced to serve a year in prison and pay SEK 30 million in damages. The conviction was appealed and Neij's sentence was reduced to 10 months for aiding copyright infringement.