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Murder suspect arrested in Somalia: report

The murder of 21-year-old Jonas Thomsen Sekyere led to national headlines and mass grief in November 2012. After an international manhunt, the primary suspect has reportedly been arrested.

Murder suspect arrested in Somalia: report
Many turned out to pay their respects to Jonas Thomsen Sekyere after he was stabbed to death in a Kødbyen hotspot. File photo: Andreas Beck/Scanpix
The suspect in a high-profile 2012 Copenhagen murder has been apprehended in Somalia, the tabloid Ekstra Bladet has reported. 
 
The 29-year-old man is the primary suspect in the murder of 21-year-old legal student Jonas Thomsen Sekyere at a popular Copenhagen nightspot in November 2012.
 
Sekyere was stabbed in the heart inside the nightclub Bakken in Vesterbro’s meatpacking district, Kødbyen.
 
The murder, which police believe was unprovoked, caused an outpouring of sympathy from city residents. 
 
Hundreds paid tribute to the victim outside of the nightclub and over 2,000 attended the young man’s funeral in Assistens Kirkegård in Nørrebro. 
 
Shortly after the murder, Copenhagen Police arrested and released three young men suspected of being involved in the stabbing. Police then issued an international arrest warrant for the 29-year-old primary suspect.
 
Ekstra Bladet’s sources within Somalia confirmed that the man was arrested. 
 
“I have visited him in jail,” the man’s cousin told the tabloid. “He is doing fine and is just thinking about his wife and two children in Denmark.”
 
Copenhagen Police have yet to confirm any developments in the case.
 
“I have absolutely no comment on the [new] information,” homicide detective Jens Møller told Ekstra Bladet. 

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Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

A Danish court on Thursday sentenced a woman to jail for attempting to launder nearly four billion euros, the largest case of money-laundering in the Nordic country's history.

Danish court jails woman in 4 billion euro money laundering case

The 49-year-old Lithuanian woman had confessed to the crime in police interviews, Denmark’s Prosecution Service said in a statement.

Between December 2008 and March 2016, nearly four billion euros were funnelled through a series of companies, all of which had accounts in Danske Bank’s Estonian branch.

“This is the largest amount we have seen in a money laundering case brought before a court in Denmark,” special prosecutor Lisette Jørgensen said in a statement.

“The woman had a role in a large money laundering complex built around 40 Danish limited partnerships,” Jorgensen added.

Using her expertise, she “made it possible for the companies to move money around in order to disguise their illegal origins”, the prosecutor said.

According to the prosecution service, two other defendants in the case have also been linked to the companies. 

One is a 49-year-old former Russian citizen who is in custody after she was extradited from the UK in December 2021, and the other is a 56-year-old Lithuanian man living in Denmark.

The Lithuanian woman sentenced Thursday was given three years and 11 months in prison for laundering millions in a separate case. 

Together with Thursday’s verdict, her total sentence is eight years in jail.

Prosecutors also said the case is connected a larger scandal involving Danske Bank, Denmark’s largest.

The bank is still recovering after it became embroiled in criminal investigations in several countries over some 200 billion euros in transfers that passed through its Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015, involving some 15,000 foreign clients, many Russian.

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