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A Swedish policeman who helped investigate The Pirate Bay is now working for Warners Brothers, one of the big-name film companies that helped drive the investigation and is now a plaintiff in the pending court case against the swashbuckling P2P file sharing site.

As reported in Swedish by the Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan and in English by The Local, this policeman took his job with Warner several months after the preliminary Pirate Bay investigation was completed, but he's scheduled to appear as a witness when the case goes to trial.

"The question is how long this was under consideration. If it was under consideration at the time of the investigation then it is a scandal," said Peter Althin, a lawyer defending the four men behind The Pirate Bay, including Peter Althin.

"This is a judicial scandal," Sunde said. "Talk about a conflict of interests."

According to Althin, if it turns out the policeman discussed a job with Warner Brothers before the investigation played out, Warner and its fellow plaintiffs would have to ditch their court finding and start all over again. ®

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