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The Pirate Bay's stor ost Peter Sunde collared at farm in Sweden

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The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, who has been fighting his conviction on charges of facilitating copyright infringement, has been arrested in Sweden.

The arrest comes just days after Sunde's bid for a seat in the European Parliament as a Pirate Party representative came to nought, with the party garnering just 0.7 per cent of the vote in Sunde's native Finland, where he stood.

According to Swedish police, Sunde was arrested at a farm in the Skaane region, and will be returned to jail to serve his eight-month sentence.

In 2010, three of the “TPB four” – Sunde, along with Carl Lundström and Fredrik Neij – had their original prison sentences (a year each) reduced to eight months, four months and ten months respectively. The fourth, Gottfrid Warg, was absent from those proceedings on the grounds of ill-health.

Warg later fled to Cambodia, which extradited him to Sweden late last year. His trial is continuing, and in a December 2013 hearing, Warg complained of being held in solitary confinement.

As well as the prison sentences handed out to Sunde, Lundström and Neij, the original sentence on the grounds of abetting copyright infringement included a find of 46 million Kronor, currently worth around $US7 million.

Lundström has already served his sentence, while Neij is believed to be in Asia. ®

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