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Danish paedophile locked up indefinitely

A 35-year-old man was given Denmark’s harshest prison sentence on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of raping small boys and filming the attacks.

Danish paedophile locked up indefinitely
The man was given the toughest sentence possible. Photo: Colourbox
The Nykøbing Falster court ruled that the man poses such a threat to society that he should be sentenced to indefinite imprisonment. 
 
“We are talking about very serious rapes, particularly of one boy. On top of that there are serious sexual offences,” judge Kim Rasmussen said in court according to Ritzau’s report. 
 
In court on Monday, the man said he could not explain why he carried out his heinous crimes. 
 
“I don’t know. I’m frustrated about it. Something happens in my head – there is some sort of short circuit,” he said, according to TV2. 
 
The man was charged with 46 accounts, including rape and indecent exposure. His attacks were carried out on six different children over a period of 18 months. The most serious victim was a seven-year-old boy whose mother was friends with the man. The man not only raped the boy, he also filmed and photographed the attacks and shared them with other paedophiles. 
 
TV2 reported that at one point during the man’s trial, he angrily insisted that the seven-year-old and his younger brother, aged five, gave each other oral sex on their own accord. The man reportedly became very angry and called the prosecutor “a bitch” during his testimony. 
 
The punishment handed down to the man is known as forvaring and is the strictest possible sentence in Denmark.  Under the conditions, the convicted is given an open-ended sentence and has to appear in court after a period of five years for a determination of continuation. After the initial five years, there will be an annual determination. 

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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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