Lundström demands Pirate Bay retrial

Carl Lundström, who received a one-year prison sentence following the trial of the four men behind the free file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has demanded that the case be retried in the Stockholm District Court.

Court judge Tomas Norström has a conflict of interest, claimed his defending counsel Per E Samuelson in a formal deposition to the Svea Court of Appeal.

The news of Norström’s membership of associations concerned with copyright issues drew widespread attention last week. He is a member of the Swedish Copyright Association, among other organisations, as are Henrik Pontén, Peter Danowsky and Monique Wadsted, the lawyers representing the copyright holders.

Ifpi, the organisation that represents the recording industry and brought the action against The Pirate Bay, supports the copyright association.

According to Samuelson, Norström’s involvement poses a conflict of interest. Moreover, he was wrong not to have said anything about his position.

“Tomas Norström should have reported these circumstances to the parties and their lawyers and given them the chance to raise a formal objection,” writes Samuelson in his deposition.

In his forties, Lundström was the oldest of the four Pirate Bay defendants and the most public. He made his fortune when the Wasabröd family business was sold. He then owned the telecom company Rix Port80, which was subsequently sold to Phonera.

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Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver

Spanish police are appealing to the public to help find the driver who hit a British grandfather on an Alicante road on Sunday night and“left him dead like an animal.”

Police launch appeal for Costa Blanca hit and run driver
Photo: N332 /@drivingSpain/facebook

Robert Sneddon, 61, was struck by a white Land Rover Discovery on the N-332 at Guardamar del Segura on the Costa Blanca as he walked home on Sunday night.

The driver fled the scene and is being hunted by police.

Police have now released pictures of the car, which show it was registered in Edinburgh in 2013.

Photo: N332 /@drivingSpain/facebook

“Sooner rather than later we will catch you. If you present yourself voluntarily, things will be better for you.” 

The car was registered to a British company, according to Juan Carlos Moragues, a government delegate. “We are collaborating with the British authorities to see who the driver was and how they relate to the company,” he said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“If they were accompanied or not and if the incident was a result of rage, negligence or another cause.”

Mr Sneddon is understood to have lived in Spain for 15 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

The victim's daughter Mandy was visiting at the time and has made a public appeal.

“I am the daughter of the man left dead on the N332 like an animal,” she wrote on Facebook.

“I came on holiday for the summer so my little girl could spend time with her granddad.

“It was the worst news I have ever had to break or hear.

“If anyone knows anything or can think of anything relevant please tell the police. The smallest detail may help.

“And to the person or people responsible. If you reading this, please come forward.

“You’ll have this on your conscience for the rest of your life. My family wants closure. Please. RIP dad.”

Anyone with any information should call the Torrevieja Traffic Department on 966 707 301 or report to their local police station.