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Pirate Bay convicts to be split up in jail: agency

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Pirate Bay convicts to be split up in jail: agency
17:07 CET+01:00
The Swedish Prison and Probation Service revealed on Monday which prisons have been selected for the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial.

”We have three security levels and we have chosen to place them all in facilities with normal security,” said Helena Lundberg of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) to news agency TT.

The four were convicted in April 2009 on charges of being accessories to copyright violations and were sentenced to imprisonment and a combined fine of 30 million kronor ($4.4 million).

According to the agency, Peter Sunde, who was the spokesperson for Pirate Bay, will go to the Västervik Norra prison in south eastern Sweden for his stint of eight months.

Fredrik Neij will go to Kirseberg in Malmö for ten months and Gottfrid Swartholm Warg to Mariefred prison, in eastern Sweden, for a year.

Carl Lundström, who was sentenced to the shortest term, will serve his four months with an electronic tag. Although he normally resides in Switzerland he will serve out his sentence in Gothenburg.

In Sweden, anyone who has been sentenced to prison for a term shorter than six months can apply to serve his sentence with an electronic tag and Lundström's application was granted.

Lundström has organized a fixed term employment contract at a Gothenburg company while carrying out his sentence, but won't be allowed to leave his flat for any other purpose than work, where he must be during the day.

”Our demand is that he has employment organized, it is a regulated schedule and it is very strict,” said Sven Simonsson of the agency,

The Swedish Enforcement Administration (Kronofogden) has seized assets belonging to Lundström worth 225,000 kronor but has not been able to find any other means in Sweden which belong to him. And previous investigations have not been able to identify any assets belonging to the other three.

Meanwhile, Sunde's lawyer Peter Althin is busy working on an application to be granted a retrial, which could be finished before the summer. However, Althin is not willing to disclose what's in the application.

“I don't want to go into that right now, but it should be filed during the spring. Our aim is that he will not have to serve the sentence,” Althin told TT.

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