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Ex-boyfriend arrested for killing missing woman

Kamilla Hantusch had been missing since July 19th. On Wednesday, police discovered her body and arrested her ex-boyfriend on suspicion of murder.

Ex-boyfriend arrested for killing missing woman
Kamilla Hantusch. Photo: Syd- og Sønderjyllands Politi
A body found near the motorway in the southern Jutland town of Kliplev is believed to be that of Kamilla Hantusch, a 22-year year woman who has been missing since July 19th.
 
Southern Jutland Police said on Thursday that they believe the body found was Hantusch, but are awaiting the final results of an autopsy scheduled to be carried out later in the day.
 
Police on Wednesday night arrested Hantusch’s 24-year-old former boyfriend and charged him with her murder. The arrested man will make an initial court appearance in Sønderborg on Thursday. 
 
Police are not releasing more details due to the case’s ongoing investigation.
 
“It is expected that prosecutors will request a closed-door hearing out of consideration to further investigations,” the police said in a statement on Thursday. “Therefore, what the police can say about the case at this point is extremely limited.”
 
Hantusch went missing on July 19th from the town of Padborg near the German border. Police issued an international missing persons report with Interpol four days after she was last seen, and as many as 100 Home Guard personnel and rescue workers from the Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen) combed the southern Jutland area in search of Hantusch.
 
The find of Hantusch’s body and the arrest of her ex-boyfriend comes just two days after the husband of a Glostrup woman admitted to strangling her to death

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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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