BANGKOK Nov 4 A co-founder of the Swedish
file-sharing website, The Pirate Bay, has been arrested in
Thailand, police said on Tuesday, after he tried to cross into
the country from neighbouring Laos.
Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, who is known in hacking
communities as "TiAmo", was detained at a checkpoint in the
northeastern town of Nong Khai, immigration police said.
"Mr. Neij was detained ... while trying to cross into
Thailand from Laos where he had been living since 2012," Police
Major General Chartchai Eimsaeng told reporters.
The Swede has traveled to Thailand nearly thirty times since
2012 and has a home on the resort island of Phuket, he added.
Neij was the subject of an international arrest warrant.
Neij and Gottfrid Warg founded The Pirate Bay in 2003. It
has now grown into one of the world's largest file sharing
websites, allowing users to share files through peer-to-peer
Along with other co-founders, Neij was sentenced to prison
and multi-million-dollar fines in 2009 for copyright
infringement related to The Pirate Bay's activities.
Last week Warg, also known by his hacker alias "Anakata",
was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison after being found guilty
of hacking into the mainframe of IT provider CSC in Denmark and
accessing the Danish Civil Registration System and a police
criminal register in 2012.
(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Clarence