2006-06-21

The trade sanction affair spins on

After the raid on Pirate Bay, Johan Linander, from the Center Party, has reported Justice minister to the Committee on Constitution, the executive committee of the Swedish parliament that checks to see if desicions and actions of government are in accordance with the Swedish constitution.

With the recent information from Swedish television that the raid was issued after trade sanction threats from the US and american movie industry lobby groups, he feels the matter more urgent than ever.

- That the prosecutor is called up to be informed that the US threatens with trade sanctions is highly incongruous, he says to Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.


The Justice Minister Thomas Bodström claims that prosecutor Roswall was called up on a standard meeting, but that there were no pressuring involved.

Linander shrugs this off as a bad excuse.

- Of course he did. How else could he have received it? We must not forget that Roswall wrote a PM in november stating that the Pirate Bay was not illegal. Efter being called up [to the ministry] he suddenly decides to strike anyway.


Concerning the claims of ignorance from the Justice Minister, he says:

- It would be very strange if he didn't know what happened, but I am completely convinced he did. It doesn't matter what Bodström has said or done. As a minister he is responsible for the actions of his civil servants.


In november, following an earlier Supreme Court ruling, prosecutor Roswall concluded that the Pirate Bay was not illegal. Not long after that, because of a mail exchange between the MPAA and the Secretary of State, said prosecutor is called up to the Ministry of Justice, where he is told about threatened trade sanctions. The Secretary of State then sends a reply to the MPAA where he says he has let police and prosecuting authorities know that the government expects fast and effective results within a framwork of a few weeks.

We are first of all expected to believe that this did not involve any form of pressuring on the prosecutor, or orders, or involvement in the case of the Pirate Bay, even though the Pirate Bay had been specifically named in the MPAA to Swedish Government correspondence, and even though this was the only profiled case that could be prioritized.

We are also expected to believe that the Justice Minister were completely unaware of all this - demands from the RIAA to the Swedish government, trade sanction threats, the State Secretary making statements of police and prosecutor priorities and so on.

There is alot of large assumptions that our government expects us to accept

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