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Copenhagen taxi driver beaten to death

Two Copenhagen taxi drivers were violently attacked in a span of two nights, leaving a 65-year-old man dead.

Copenhagen taxi driver beaten to death
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A 65-year-old taxi driver was beaten with an unknown object shortly after midnight on Friday by two men who ordered a taxi in the Brønshøj area. The victim was taken to Copenhagen’s Rigshospital but died from his injuries at 3.30 am on Saturday, police announced. 
 
According to police, when the driver arrived to pick up his customers he stepped out of his vehicle to attach a bicycle rack to accommodate one of the men’s bike. When he exited the car, he was struck with the object and then robbed. 
 
Police said the suspects were described as being “men of Middle Eastern appearance, 25-30 years old, unknown height, short dark hair and wearing dark clothing”. 
 
On Friday evening, Copenhagen Police arrested three men aged 17, 19 and 26 suspected of being connected to the case. They were due to make an initial court appearance on Saturday.
 
In a separate incident that occurred in the early Saturday morning hours, a 39-year-old taxi driver was stabbed, punched and kicked by two assailants in the city centre. 
 

“Around 1am on Saturday, a stabbing of a taxi driver occurred. He was stabbed several times in numerous places and was taken in for treatment. Two have been arrested,” police spokesman Gunnar Nørager told Ritzau.
 
Two men, aged 26 and 27, were arrested and the driver in that attack is in stable condition. 

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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.

READ ALSO: Danish police drop money laundering case against Danske Bank directors

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