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Sweden to freeze guilty Pirates' loot

Sweden to freeze guilty Pirates' loot

Published: 12 May 2009 16:29 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 May 2009 16:29 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden), which is charged with collecting on Swedes’ delinquent debts, has already sent payment orders to the four men convicted in the case demanding they pay the first 12.1 million kronor ($1.5 million) of the 30 million kronor damages claim that accompanied the guilty verdict against them.

Peter Sunde responded by putting the payment orders through a paper shredder.

“I’ve already shredded them. I don’t have the money so it’s not going to affect my personal finances,” he told the TT news agency.

As it stands now, only one of the men, Wasabröd food empire heir Carl Lundström, has sufficient funds to pay off the claim.

Since the fine is to be paid by the four men together, and the other three men convicted in the case -- Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg -- lack assets of any sizeable value, Lundström will end up footing the entire bill.

“He’s received papers from Kronofogden but we haven’t had a chance to review the matter. But the ruling stands until it’s remitted again due to the judge’s conflict of interests,” said Lundström’s attorney Per E. Samulesson to TT.

Samuelsson has already requested that the case be retried in the district court because of complaints that the presiding judge in the case, Tomas Norström, is a member of groups which have actively lobbied for tougher copyright protections.

“We’re now investigating as much as we can what the conflict of interest looks like and we’re assuming that the court of appeal will send the case back to the district court. And then the order to carry out the punishment will be terminated,” said Samulesson.

In the mean time, the work of the Swedish Enforcement Agency continues to move forward, with the bank accounts of the four men convicted in the case expected to be frozen as early as Wednesday.

“We’ll start looking for assets on Wednesday if we haven’t received any money by then. The money in the accounts is an asset and if we find it we’ll seize it,” said the agency’s Fredrik Karlsson to TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

06:24 May 13, 2009 by peropaco
One thing the Swedis authority is good at is collecting money. Catching real criminals, rapist is a no no. They lack the brain and basic intelligence to pull it off. Dumb aholes.
10:57 May 13, 2009 by Snikk
Kronofogden just wants to get some extra attention too.

Maybe they should wait until the retrial.
14:49 May 13, 2009 by eZee.se
Dont get mad, get even!

PiratParty 2009.... VOTE mofos... VOTE!
12:41 May 15, 2009 by "green Swede"
is there a particular member of the pirate party whom we should vote for? as i've noticed they have quite a few people listed.
14:21 May 15, 2009 by casinoed
This is one of those cases where everyone fails the morality test. It really shows why as humans were all truly f!*Ked.

The pirate bay guys deserve prison cos they made money out of facilitating crimes. Had they been a non-profit service then it would have been no different to the joker who secretly films people picking up money they planted on the street.

It may be impossible to imprison all the file-sharers, but they do deserve to spend eternity in hell unless they repent and repay those they stole from. They're the scumbags who would pick the money up off the street and pocket it.

You have a Judge whose self-interest would have made him unsuitable to even sit on a jury - I'm not a legal expert but hasn't he perverted the course of justice?

And the authorities? They steal from us all the time and then waste it on things like, well, the police.

Roll on 2012. With all the greed, selfishness and stupidity around, humanity really deserves to get its arse kicked.
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