His lawyer says he will now likely serve his eight-month sentence for copyright crimes
Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has been arrested in Sweden after two years on the run.
Sunde, alongside fellow founders of the filesharing site Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundstrom. was found guilty of copyright crimes and was due to start an eight month jail term on January 2, 2012. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Swedish police found Sunde on Saturday (May 31) after a raid on a farm in the south of the country.
Only Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrom have completed their sentences, with Fredrik Neij residing in Asia as a fugitive. Svartholm had also been on the run after sentencing, but was found and arrested in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Svartholm is currently in solitary confinement in prison after being extradited from Sweden to Denmark in 2013 on new hacking charges. If found guilty he faces a further six years in jail.
Svartholm, however, remains in prison, having been extradited from Sweden to Denmark late last year on separate hacking charges. He is being held in solitary confinement and faces up to six years in prison if found guilty.
Sunde’s lawyer Peter Althin has said that Sunde will now serve his sentence after two earlier appeals were rejected by both European Court of Human rights and Sweden’s Supreme Court. Despite being on the run, Sunde recently ran as a candidate for the Finnish Pirate Part in the recent European elections. He did not win a seat was the most successful of the Pirate Party’s candidates.
Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is still operational, despite recently marking the eight-year anniversary of its first police raid.