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‘Notorious Gypsy Boss’ case not over yet

The tale of Denmark’s most ‘notorious’ criminal will take one more turn after the nation’s public prosecutor decided to take ‘Gypsy Boss’ Gimi Levakovic’s case to the Supreme Court.

'Notorious Gypsy Boss' case not over yet
Gimi Levakovic, the self-described 'Boss' of Denmark's criminal underworld. Photo: TV2
Gimi Levakovic, known in Denmark as ‘the Gypsy boss’ (Sigøjnerbossen), was convicted on charges of having a loading pistol and making death threats by a Næstved court in August and sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by expulsion from Denmark. Earlier this month, the Eastern High Court agreed with the guilty verdict but reversed the expulsion order, leading to outrage on social media and a vow from Justice Minister Søren Pind that he would encourage prosecutors to take the case to the Supreme Court. 
 
On Wednesday, Pind got his wish. The public prosecutor’s office (Rigsadvokaten) wrote on Twitter that it will pursue Levakovic’s expulsion at the highest court. 
 
“The case has fundamental importance: The High Court emphasized that the prosecution hadn’t previously wanted Levakovic expelled. Does that apply to all cases?” the office wrote. 
 
The High Court overturned Levakovic’s deportation by saying that it would adversely affect his two small children, for whom he has sole custody. That reasoning didn’t set well with many Danes, who pointed to countless examples of the Danish state breaking up families through deportation in immigration cases. 
 
 
Levakovic became nationally-known thanks to a TV2 documentary entitled ‘The Gypsy Boss and His Notorious Family’ (Sigøjnerbossen og hans berygtede familie). A Roma from Croatia, Levakovic is the head of what for many years has been called ‘Denmark’s most criminal family’ and is the self-declared ‘boss’ of the nation’s Romas.
 
According to TV2, the Levakovic family first arrived in Denmark in 1972 and most of the 45-member clan have never had jobs and have instead lived off a mix of welfare benefits and crime. Three members of the Levakovic family have previously been sent back to Croatia for their crimes, which include home robberies, violence and rape. 
 
In the original Næstved court ruling, Judge Christian Ankerstjerne pointed to Levakovic’s “history with numerous incidents of violence”.
 
“We believe upon that background that there is a risk that he will continue his criminal activities,” Ankerstjerne added. 

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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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