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15-year-old arrested for murder of 77-year-old

A 77-year-old woman found dead in her Lemvig home was strangled to death and police made an arrest in the case on Monday.

15-year-old arrested for murder of 77-year-old
Outside the victim's residence in Lemvig. Photo: Johan Gadegaard/Scanpix
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death of 77-year-old Else Johannesen in the Jutland town of Lemvig. 
 
Mid- and Western Jutland Police said on Tuesday that the 15-year-old was arrested on Monday afternoon. The suspect, like the victim, is from Lemvig. 
 
Johannesen was found dead in her flat by a healthcare worker on Sunday morning. A subsequent autopsy revealed that she had been strangled to death. 
 
Johannesen was last seen alive on Saturday night shortly after 8pm.
 
Police said on Sunday that they had scoured the area for any signs of Johannesen’s purse, which was missing from her residence. 
 
Police on Monday did not indicate if the purse was what led them to the 15-year-old suspect and said that they would not release any additional information until after the suspect made a preliminary appearance in court in Holstebro on Tuesday. 

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Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks

Danish prosecutors on Friday charged the country's former military intelligence chief with leaking state secrets, following a scandal over Denmark's cooperation with US intelligence.

Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks
The prosecution authority said Lars Findsen was accused of “having divulged secrets important to national security on several occasions and… under particularly aggravated circumstances”.
 
The details of the investigation are classified, but the case comes after Danish media reported that the Danish intelligence services had cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA).
 

Findsen, who was suspended in August 2020 without public explanation, was subsequently held in custody from December 2021 to February 2022. He insists he is innocent.

 
“I never divulged any state secrets. I reject the allegations”, he told Danish news agency Ritzau in June, criticising the handling of the case as “ridiculous”.
 

Prosecutors accuse Findsen of leaking state secrets and other confidential information after his suspension to six people, including two journalists, over a period of up to 17 months.

 
The leaks could “harm relations with other intelligence service partners and make their work more difficult if their work methods were revealed”, prosecutor Jakob Berger Nielsen said.
 
“Trust in the (Danish) intelligence service’s ability to protect sensitive information may have been weakened,” he added.
 
The prosecution said it would request a trial behind closed doors. A date has yet to be set.
 
While Denmark never publicly revealed why Findsen and the other agents were suspended, there have been suspicions that his service conducted illegal surveillance.
 
The government accused them of hiding “crucial information” and providing “false information to the authorities” between 2014 and 2020.
 
In May 2021, an investigation by several Danish media revealed that the NSA used Danish underwater cables to spy on officials in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden until at least 2014.
 
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel was among the NSA’s targets.
 
The revelations sparked an international scandal and the four countries demanded explanations from Washington and Copenhagen.
 
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