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Two hurt in Copenhagen mall shooting

UPDATED: Two people were injured and nine were detained after a shooting at suburban shopping centre Fields.

Two hurt in Copenhagen mall shooting
The shooting took place in the shopping centre's parking lot. Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix
Two people were injured in a shooting in the parking lot of the Copenhagen area shopping centre Fields shortly before noon on Wednesday, police said. 
 
According to a Copenhagen Police press release, the shooting appears to have been a gang-related confrontation between two rival groups. 
 
A police spokesman told media that nine people have been detained in connection with the shooting. 
 
"There are nine that have been arrested but there could be witnesses among them. We're in the process of investigating that now," Michael Andersen told news agency Ritzau.
 
There were initial reports that three people were injured, two by gunshot and one by stabbing, but police now say that the third person was shot in a bullet-proof vest. 
 
“One was hit in the back, one in the stomach and one in the arm,” a police statement from 1pm read. 
 
Police did not release any additional information on the victims' conditions and did not elaborate on the motive behind the attack, which they say took place in the shopping centre’s parking lot. 
 
Located in the Amager district, Fields is the biggest shopping centre in Denmark. 

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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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