November 04, 2014 13:45 By The Nation 26,634 Viewed
Immigration police have arrested a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, a BitTorrent index site and tracker, while he was trying to cross the border from Laos into Nong Khai.
Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, alias TiAMO, was arrested at 12:30 pm Monday while driving through the border checkpoint with his Lao wife.
He was wearing the same shirt that he wore in his arrest warrant photo.
Nong Khai Immigration police held a press conference at 10am Tuesday to announce Neji’s arrest.
According to Pol Maj Gen Chartchai Iamsalaeng, the commander of Immigration Police Region 4, Neji admitted that he was the same person on the arrest warrant.
Neji was charged with collaborating with three others in setting up The Pirate Bay website that acts as an index and tracker of Bitttorent files, peer-to-peer file sharing protocols, allowing users to download copyrighted content, including software, movie and music.
The four have been accused of causing damage to the tune of 1.2 million Swedish krones or Bt5.3 million.
Neji and his friend were sentenced to ten months in jail and a fine of Bt5.3 million but jumped bail and fled to Laos and Cambodia.