Time frame for deportation still uncertain

IDG's Loek Essers has written an article at PCWorld about the current situation and so far Swedish authorities have declined to give further comments on the case.

Loek has also spoken to Gottfrid's former defense attorney Ola Salomonsson who is trying to assist Gottfrid.

It appears that Salomonsson is also unsure of the time frame for the deportation, saying to Loek "I know from experience that in some other cases this has taken weeks. So you never know, it maybe a couple of days, it maybe takes a few weeks. No-one tells me anything about the time aspect so I really don't know.".

More reports on deportation

More websites have picked up on the Phnom Penh Post story about the planned deportation.

While most articles only repeat what's in the original article the most in-depth article I've found so far is over at Torrentfreak,

Cambodia to deport Anakata on immigration law violation

According to the Phnom Penh Post the Cambodian authorities are planning on deporting Gottfrid Svartholm Warg because of his violation of immigration laws rather than extraditing him.

The Phnom Penh Post quoted General Sok Phal as saying "We will use the Immigration Law against him to deport him out of our country and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng will sign on the deportation request letter from the police commissioner soon,".

It also appears that this deportation is at the request of the Swedish government as an easy way to get around the lack of an extradition treaty between Sweden and Cambodia.

Swedish officials on their way to Cambodia

I got the URL to this AP article emailed to me, it seems that the Swedish government has sent a group of officials to Cambodia where they will discuss procedures for the extradition of Anakata.

Kirth Chantharith of the Cambodian national police was quoted as saying "He is being detained in Cambodia and we are waiting to expel him,".

WSJ India video report

Looks like The Wall Street Journal has put together a short video about the background to the arrest, good viewing for anyone who doesn't know what this is about.

Many new stories, Swedish government still quiet

Well, the story about Gottfrid's arrest has been picked up by lots of different media outlets, including but not limited to Gizmodo, The Telegraph, The Times of India and PCWorld. Doesn't really seem like anyone has any new information though, just variations on what's been going around since yesterday.

The Swedish government appears to stay tight-lipped about the circumstances of the arrest though, so far all we've got to on are the statements from the Cambodian police.

US Trade Representative in Cambodia on day of arrest

Torrentfreak reports that on the day of Gottfrid's arrest US Trade Representative Ron Kirk just happened to be in Cambodia.

Of course, there's no official word on whether this was merely a coincidence or if there is some connection between the two events.

Reuters also confirms request from Sweden

This morning Reuters India published an article with a third statement from the Cambodian National Police.

Kirth Chantharith was quoted as saying "We had a request from Sweden to make an arrest as he had committed cyber crime there,".

Still no official word from the Swedish government on the issue though.

Anakata's expat life

Today Torrentfreak published an article with some interesting details about Anakata's life as an expat in Cambodia.

The article seems to mainly be a summary of info from other sources (including the Khmer440 article posted yesterday) so take the content of it with a grain of salt until there's been some verification.

Wall Street Journal reports

The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that the arrest was made in cooperation with the Swedish government.

According to the article at the Wall Street Journal Cambodia's deputy national police commissioner, Sok Phal said "we arrested him in cooperation with the Swedish government.".

Still no word from the Swedish government on the issue and the wording is vague enough that it's hard to say if this means he was arrested because the Swedish government asked the Cambodian government to arrest him or if it is merely as stated originally, that he was arrested for another reason and his name was on a list of international fugitives.