‘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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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.