The founder of infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, has been freed from prison after three years. Svartholm, also known by his nickname Anakata, served his prison time in both Sweden and Denmark on charges related to his activities with The Pirate Bay, but is now a free man. Supporters have long campaigned for Svartholm to be released.
While Svartholm and his family have, understandably, refrained from making an official statement, his mother confirmed Anakata’s release via Twitter:
— Kristina Svartholm (@KSvartholm) September 28, 2015
In 2011, Svartholm was sentenced to one year in prison by Stockholm District Court for his activities related to The Pirate Bay, but he fled to Cambodia. A year later, he was arrested in Cambodia and transferred to Sweden to serve his prison sentence. After serving his sentence, he was then prosecuted for hacking and fraud, charges which Svartholm has always strenuously denied, winning his subsequent appeal in part and was cleared of hacking Nordea Bank.
While serving his second prison sentence in Sweden, Danish authorities launched further legal action against Svartholm in 2013, charging him with compromising the mainframe of IT firm CSC. Svartholm again denied the charges, but was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and extradited to Denmark to serve his time. Svartholm lost his appeal, but continued to fight against the charge.
Svartholm has been released from prison early for good behaviour during his sentence.
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