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Dane jailed for killing his brother with potatoes

A 55-year-old Danish man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday for ending his older brother's life by shoving potatoes down his throat.

Dane jailed for killing his brother with potatoes
The man was sentenced to seven years. Photo: Scanpix
A drunken fight between two brothers in northern Jutland left the elder brother dead and the younger one facing seven years behind bars. 
 
Local newspaper NordJyske reported that the 55-year-old younger brother was acquitted of manslaughter but found guilty of violence causing death for a fight that occurred in November of last year.
 
In the incident, both men had been drinking when a fight broke out. Prosecutors said that the younger man killed his 57-year-old brother by strangling him by hand and shoving potatoes down his throat. The younger brother also reportedly punched the elder repeatedly in the head and neck.
 
The 55-year-old called after an ambulance to say that his brother was lying unconscious in their shared house and rescue personnel arrived to find the elder dead with a potato lodged in his windpipe. The younger brother was arrested shortly thereafter.
 
 
On Wednesday, the Hjørring District Court was split on the defendant’s actions. Three jury members and the three judges felt that there was enough evidence to convict the man on manslaughter charges while three other jury members thought that the man had not intended to kill his brother. They pointed to the fact that he had attempted to fish the potatoes out of his older brother’s throat before calling for an ambulance. 
 
With the jury in disagreement, the man was convicted on the lesser charge of violence causing death. 
 
The defendant contended in court that his brother had either gotten two potatoes stuck in his throat by accident or had attempted to kill himself as a result of the fight. The court did not believe either explanation. 

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CRIME

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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