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Pirate Bay co-founder Warg busted in Cambodia

Warg along with the sites other co-founders, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde and financier Carl Lundstroem, were convicted by a Swedish court in 2009 after being found guilty of copyright infringement in 2009.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, a co-founder of popular file sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested in Cambodia. Warg was found at an apartment in Phnom Penh and taken into custody by Cambodian police on Thursday.

Warg fled from Sweden where he faces a one-year prison term for promoting copyright infringement.

The national police spokesman Kirth Chantharith told the AFP news agency, “[Warg's] arrest was made at the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology.

"He is being detained in Cambodia and we are waiting to expel him ... We don't have an extradition treaty with Sweden but we'll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case.”

Deputy National Police Chief Sok Phal later confirmed that Warg would be extradited following the approval of Cambodia's interior minister.

According to sources, only Lundström has served his Swedish sentence and contributed to the $6.5 million fine imposed collectively on the site's four administrators. Sunde is apparently in Berlin while the whereabouts of Neij are unknown.

Guilty of copyright infringement
Warg along with the sites other co-founders, Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde and financier Carl Lundstroem, were convicted by a Swedish court in 2009 after being found guilty of copyright infringement in 2009.

They had allegedly helped millions of users download music, movies and computer games illegally.

All four were sentenced to one year jail time and also ordered to pay 30 million kronor ($3.6 million) as damages to entertainment companies, including Warner Bros., Sony Music Entertainment, EMI and Columbia Pictures.

Appeal in 2010
After an appeal in 2010, Warg, along with his co-defendants got their prison term cut from one year to between four and ten months, but the compensation to the entertainment industry was raised to 46 million kronor ($6.5 million).

Warg, who was living in Cambodia during the appeal, failed to attend the hearing. His lawyer cited health issues for his non-appearance in court.

The Swedish court upheld Warg's original 2009 sentence, which includes a year's prison time and placed on an international wanted list in April. He was eventually captured in the Southeast Asian country where he had been living for several years.

According to sources, only Lundström has served his Swedish sentence and contributed to the $6.5 million fine imposed collectively on the site's four administrators. Sunde is apparently in Berlin while the whereabouts of Neij are unknown.