THE FOUNDER of the Pirate Party has denounced the judge that ordered it to suspend links to The Pirate Bay in the Netherlands as "corrupt".
In a no holds barred editorial Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge said that Judge Chris Hensen, the chap that ordered the Dutch Pirate Party to censor its proxy link to The Pirate Bay has "quite a bit of dirt in his baggage" and a history that suggests that he is open to influence.
Falkvinge based his accusations on a brochure that suggests that the judge has a commercial relationship with the lawyer working for the plaintiff in the case, Brein, which is the Dutch anti-'piracy' agency.
"The plaintiff (lawyer Dirk Visser) and judge were running a commercial enterprise together, one that had a direct bearing on the subject matter of the case, this is truly mind-boggling: not only was the plaintiff and judge personally and closely acquainted, the plaintiff in a controversial copyright monopoly case was running a commercial anti-piracy outfit together with the judge in the case. Money was involved. Commercial interest was involved," he wrote in reference to a decision handed down by the judge in 2010.
"The judge was, as it appears from this brochure for the quite expensive course, getting money. Shortly after the case. In a directly related matter together with the plaintiff. That makes the judge not only corrupt, but textbook corrupt."
Falkvinge was not done, either, and the "corrupt" word keeps coming up over and over again in the scathing editorial. "This judge, this corrupt judge Chris Hensen, is the exact same judge Chris Hensen that has now banned links to the Pirate Bay from a political party, another equally crazy whackdown on fundamental freedoms of speech," added the disgruntled Pirate Party captain.
"But seeing this background, things fall better into place: the judge Chris Hensen was corrupted to begin with, and has been since at least 2010."
The Pirate Party lost out in the request for blocks against The Pirate Bay. Now if it puts up a link to the web site it faces a fine of €10.000. When the court order was handed down it expressed surprise and disappointment at the judge's decision to specifically order it to remove its proxy links. µ