Swede caught with 10,000 films in file sharing raid

A 33-year-old man from Västerås in central Sweden has been arrested for alleged crimes in breach of copyright legislation. Local media report that police uncovered up to 10,000 films hidden in the man's cellar.

Västerås police were acting on a tip off from the Swedish Anti-Piracy Agency (Svenska Antipiratbyrån -APB), a private copyright advocacy group.

“He was collected for interrogation and after that I took the decision to arrest him. He sat in custody for around a day and has now been released,” district prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad told newspaper Vestmanlands Läns Tidning.

The 33-year-old is believed to be part of a clandestine file sharing network, but there are currently no further suspects.

“We shall have to await the results of the technical investigation. As the case in question concerns a server there could be other file sharers either here in Sweden or abroad, it is too early to tell,” Fredrik Inglad said.

The 33-year-old denies all the allegations and told police under interrogation that he was under the impression that the server contained computer games.

The Anti-Piracy Agency claimed on their website that the server did in fact contain copyrighted material – to the tune of 90 terabytes.

“We regard the man to be one of the leading figures behind the ‘warez scene’ syndicate which is responsible for all pirate copying. The police operation will help to stem the flow of pirated material onto the internet,” said Henrik Pontén, an ABP lawyer.

The APB also added that the man will be served with a demand for compensation, with the amount based on the stock of 10,000 films.

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Swiss woman stands trial for attempting to join Islamic State

A 31-year-old woman from Winterthur who tried to travel to Syria to join Islamic State (IS) is standing trial under Swiss anti-terror laws.

Swiss woman stands trial for attempting to join Islamic State
The federal criminal court in Bellinzona. Photo: Swiss Confederation/OFCL

The alleged ‘jihadi tourist' appeared before Switzerland's federal criminal court in Bellinzona on Friday, the Swiss news agency SDA reported. 

In December 2015, the woman, accompanied by her four-year-old child, attempted to travel to Syria via Greece and Turkey in order to join IS, the authorities allege. 

Her intended destination was Raqqa, which was at the time an IS stronghold in Syria.

The woman was prevented from continuing her journey by the Greek authorities and was arrested at Zurich airport on her return to Switzerland in January 2016. 

The Swiss attorney general's office filed an indictment against the Swiss national for offences under the federal law that bans terror groups including Isis. 

According to the indictment, the woman radicalized herself through internet propaganda after converting to Islam in 2009.

It says the Swiss national believed it was the duty of all Muslims to support IS.

She said she rejected western values.

This is only the second case concerning a so-called ‘jihadi tourist' to go before Switzerland's federal criminal court. 

The first prosecution of its kind took place in 2016, when a 26-year-old man was found guilty of attempting to travel to join Isis and given an 18-month suspended jail sentence.

Islamic State has been banned in Switzerland since 2014.