– This is corruption and decay on a completely inexcusable level, says Rick Falkvinge, leader for the Swedish Pirate Party. The judge in the most high-profile legal case of the whole year turns out to be a member of a highly partial interest group for one party in the proceedings, and also spend time privately with the prosecuting lawyers. The whole trial must be declared a mistrial and redone from scratch.
– That the judge considered himself un-biased demonstrates an unacceptable bad judgement. If this can occur in the Swedish judicial system without serious and immediate response, then we have a very widespread and systematic corruption in the system”, says Falkvinge.
It has previously been shown that the investigating police in the case, Jim Keyzer, went directly from the investigation to an employment for one of the plaintiffs, Warner Brothers. This became clear even before the investigation was completed. The Pirate Party consider this unacceptable corruption:
– An investigating police is bribed with a top job by the plaintiff. The judge is a member of a partial interest group and socialize privately with the plaintiffs’ lawyers. The copyright lobby has really managed to bring corruption to Sweden”, says Falkvinge. And this industry is rewarded by our politicians with private police powers in the form of the IPRED law. The politicians needs to be replaced, immediately.
– Fortunately, politicians can be replaced. Ballot boxes to the European elections open in 27 days. It has never been more important and appropriate to emphasize what is acceptable and what is not in judicial circumstances.