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Pirate Bay founder's prison conditions improved after mum's complaints

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg given more interaction with other inmates after mother criticises solitary confinement


Pirate Bay founder Gottfird Svartholm Warg will face the court tomorrow (Photo: Scanpix)

December 17, 2013
10:06

by JC


After the mother of Swedish hacker Gottfrid Svartholm Warg characterised her son's placement in solitary confinement as "torture", Warg's lawyer reports that her client has now been given better prison conditions. 

Kristina Warg told the Swedish news source The Local that she was "stunned and disgusted" that her son was being held in isolation and only given two hours of interaction with other inmates. Following the complaints, Gottrid Warg's lawyer, Luise Høj, told metroXpress newspaper that the hacker has now been given an hour a day of outdoor interaction with other inmates. 

The Pirate Bay founder is due to appear in court tomorrow and faces charges for stealing social security numbers from the police driving licence database.

The 29-year-old hacker was initially imprisoned in Copenhagen, but the court decided to keep him in solitary confinement in Køge until he is put on trial, fearing that he might thwart the police investigation or disappear from the awaiting trial if he is at large.

Warg founded Pirate Bay in 2003 as a way for users to share torrent files. Warg was found guilty in Sweden in 2009 of facilitating the illegal downloading of copyrighted material. 



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