106,000 Signatures on a Petition to Improve Prison Conditions of The Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Presented to Danish Government

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By Tarun Mazumdar | April 28, 2014 8:01 AM EST

Danish government received a petition with 106,000 signatures in order to improve the prison conditions of The Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm. Karen Hækkerup, Minister of Justice of Denmark was handed over the petition by the Danish Pirate Party.

According to a report on Torrent Freak, the Danish Pirate Party presented the petition hoping that it would help in the release of Gottfrid.

TPB founder Gottfrid was extradited to Denmark after his appeal failed in the Supreme Court of Sweden. Moreover, authorities placed him in solitary confinement and given limited access to books, games. He was also restricted to talking to fellow inmates fearing that he might cause problems. The authorities did not allow him to read magazines from outside as they feared they may contain messages.

These prison conditions led to the creation of a petition by a body called Free Anakata Campaign. Torrent Freak talked to Kristina, Gottfrid's mother and she stated that the petition had put pressure on the authorities. Soon, Gottfrid was allowed access to books and he could interact with other members in the prison.

According to Torrent Freak, the internet petition reached 106,538 signatures and was printed on 2,600 sheets of paper. Later, it was given to Karen, Minister of Justice in a pirate-wrapped box.

Rolf Bjerre of the Pirate Party stated, after handing over the petition, that Gottfrid's solitary confinement is meaningless and he is "being treated worse than a serial killer."

Claus Buhr, DR. DK legal correspondent mentioned that the adverse conditions of The Pirate Bay founder in prison is due to lack of experience of the authorities.

"If he was a killer or suspected of drug crime, they are accustomed to those kind of suspects and know what they're capable of. However, a possible super-hacker is someone the Danish police very rarely have to deal with," said Claus.

TPB founder has been in the Denmark for more than five months and the investigations are still on. Gottfrid is allowed only one hour a day outside. Also, he is allowed to meet his mother under controlled supervision.

The case may go to trial early September 2014. 

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