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Man arrested after woman’s body identified

The woman found dead in a plastic sack over the weekend was in Denmark on a tourist visa from a north African country, police said after arresting a 32-year-old Funen resident for her murder.

Man arrested after woman's body identified
Police at the scene of where the woman's body was found. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Scanpix
After receiving more than 200 tip-offs about the female body found off the side of a road in Jutland on Saturday, police made their breakthrough on Monday evening.
 
East Jutland Police said that a 32-year-old Funen resident has been arrested for murdering the woman, whose body was found in a plastic sack at a lay-by just outside of Langå.
 
According to a police press release, the woman was killed in the man’s residence. 
 
 
Police have identified the woman, saying that she is from a north African country and was in Denmark on a tourist visa. As of Monday night, police had not been able to contact the woman’s family and were thus not releasing any additional information about her identity. 
 
East Jutland Police turned to residents for help in identifying the woman. A photo of her corpse was released publicly and police said that nearly 200 tip-offs were called in. 
 
One of those led to the break in the case. 
 
“We are very thankful for the help we received from residents in this case. Without their help it is not certain that we would have been able to identify the woman,” East Jutland Police spokesman Jesper Bøjgaard Madsen said. 
 
The 32-year-old male suspect will face a preliminary examination by Funen Police 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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