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Lundström demands Pirate Bay retrial

TT/Stuart Sheild · 25 Apr 2009, 11:26

Published: 25 Apr 2009 11:26 GMT+02:00

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Court judge Tomas Norström has a conflict of interest, claimed his defending counsel Per E Samuelson in a formal deposition to the Svea Court of Appeal.

The news of Norström’s membership of associations concerned with copyright issues drew widespread attention last week. He is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association, among other organisations, as are Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique Wadsted, the lawyers representing the copyright holders.

Ifpi, the organisation that represents the recording industry and brought the action against The Pirate Bay, supports the copyright association.

According to Samuelson, Norström’s involvement poses a conflict of interest. Moreover, he was wrong not to have said anything about his position.

“Tomas Norström should have reported these circumstances to the parties and their lawyers and given them the chance to raise a formal objection,” writes Samuelson in his deposition.

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In his forties, Lundström was the oldest of the four Pirate Bay defendants and the most public. He made his fortune when the Wasabröd family business was sold. He then owned the telecom company Rix Port80, which was subsequently sold to Phonera.

TT/Stuart Sheild (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:21 April 25, 2009 by Sebastian_R
One may like TPB or not. But a biased trial is something that Sweden does not need. So go for it!

BTW: I don't think that "Pirate Bay Millionaire" is a neutral headline. It implies that the guy made the money with TPB and that's not correct. In fact, him having any money or not has notghing to do with a judget that didn't disclose a relevant conflict of interest.
20:16 April 25, 2009 by Nemesis
I personally think that pirate bay are at least partially guilty and that people who download are also partly to blame.

However, in any court case the judge, prosecution and jury should have no links to any form of direct or indirect possible influence, so therefore there needs to be a retrial, so that at least justice can be seen to be done, wether found guilty or innocent.

Justice demands a retrial.
21:51 April 25, 2009 by Sebastian_R
Thanks for adjusting the headline. And somthing I wanted to say allalong and never really got to it. THANKS guys! I like the Local since it gives me a falvor of what is going on in Sweden. Keep up the good work and thanks again. :-)
22:55 April 25, 2009 by Nayya
I agree with Sebastian_R on the previous headline. I hope they get a retrial.
00:56 April 26, 2009 by Miss Kitten
I just read today that one of the anti-piracy organizations of which this judge is a member, is very small and close-knit. It consists of only about 30 people, four of which are the ones who brought the case against TPB. There's no possible way he could not have been in contact with them. And if that weren't enough to prove his bias, this is the same judge who ordered the raid on TPB's offices a couple of years ago.
09:22 April 26, 2009 by Bee
If this is your only "falvor" of what's going on in Sweden I pity you and can only hope you learn Swedish fast..
14:29 April 26, 2009 by Keithy
15:59 April 26, 2009 by amanap
To: 09:22 April 26, 2009 by Bee - thanks so much for your sincere advice, but your statement of pity is foolish. It shows just how naive you are. Don't expect that the millions of us who are interested in Sweden, its culture and the very cool place it is, from around the world are going to go out and learn Swedish. Unfortunately, the entire world doesn't communicate in Swedish but that's a pity and why we all speak English and crazy gEEk. Most speak more than one, but the ones we need to survive. You need to get on a plane, inject a little flavor and tolerance into your mind and body and save your naivety and pity for perhaps someone's injustice.

Justice demands a retrial. and broaden your horizons =:0D
19:23 April 26, 2009 by Bee
I was just pointing out that if you want to know what's going on in Sweden, what's really going on, you're looking in the wrong place.
00:35 April 27, 2009 by dtes
Im in agreement with Sebastian, the local is by far one of the better mainstream newspapers ive ever read on a regular basis, specially in the eu, I appreciate how they go out of the way to be non-biased and how they arent too proud to correct their mistakes, and since they opened up their comments I feel they are doing a good service to not only present the news but to also give us a feel for what others opinions might be. Keep up the great work folks!
14:22 April 27, 2009 by Britswedeguy
The judge was clearly biased, regardless of his affiliations. He repeatedly allowed the prosecution to introduce surprise evidence in breach of legal procedure - that alone is enough for a retrial.

Remember also that they were charged with 'enabling' not supplying - which is no more than Google does if you add the “filetype:torrent” argument.

In fact, just by publishing this comment, under this ridiculous law The Local could be accused of the same thing!
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