Pirate Bay co-founder Fredrik Neij has won his appeal against the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok after it revoked his passport earlier this year. The authorities could not give a proper reason for the revocation to the Appeals Court, meaning that Neij is now free to travel from Laos where he currently resides.
February this year the main verdict against Fredrik Neij and his co-defendants in the Pirate Bay trial was made final. However, Neij has not given up completely.
Together with former site spokesman Peter Sunde he filed appeals with the European Court of Human Rights in June.
While Neij awaits the Court’s decision he is residing in Asia with his family, where he and his wife are expecting their third child.
But a few months ago Neij suffered another setback when the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok revoked his passport, a decision the Pirate Bay co-founder decided to appeal in August.
The 34-year-old argued that the nature of his crime is not serious enough to warrant his passport being taken away and that by doing so the Swedish authorities will subject his family to unreasonable consequences.
Among other things, Neij and his Thai wife want to be able to travel to Thailand for the birth for medical reasons.
Fortunately for the family, the appeal was successful. Fredrik informs TorrentFreak that he has won the case and is free to travel again. According to him, the authorities were not able to give a proper reason for the revocation, or at least they refused to.
“I can only assume they didn’t have any reason, maybe they were just someone doing someone a favor,” he told TorrentFreak.
The good news for Neij comes in a week where one of his former companies, hosting company PRQ, was making headlines in the international press after a raid by the Swedish police.
Neij started the hosting company in 2004 with fellow Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm, but left the company around 2007. In a short clip from the upcoming documentary TPB AFK he explains that providing a hosting facility for controversial but legal sites was one of the main reasons to start PRQ.
Neij will now await the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, in a country of his own choosing.