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Woman, 71, stabbed and killed her husband

A 71-year-old Næstved woman called police on Thursday to report that she had killed her husband.

Woman, 71, stabbed and killed her husband
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A 71-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday for stabbing and killing her husband in the southern Zealand town of Næstved, local police officials reported.
 
The woman called the police herself and told them that she had killed her husband. When officers arrived, they found the man dead in the couple’s home.
 
The 71-year-old woman will make an initial court appearance on Friday. 
 
According to Ritzau, the deceased man became the 34th murder victim in Denmark this year. The agency reported that only 35 people were killed in all of 2013, but The Local spoke with a police spokesman who said there were 46 killings in 2013. 
 
Police statistics reveal that the highest number of killings in recent years was in 2008 when 79 people were murdered. According to the Danish Crime Prevention Council (Det Kriminalpræventive Råd), in the vast majority of murders the perpetrator and victim know each other. Between 2003-2011, only 16 percent of the 416 killings in Denmark were carried out by complete strangers. 

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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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