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Child witnessed double murder on Danish island

A 27-year-old was arrested on Sunday night for killing his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend and her 35-year-old new boyfriend, Funen Police said.

Child witnessed double murder on Danish island
Police technicians at the scene of the crime. Photo: Frederik Racher/Scanpix
The female victim was pregnant with a child from her new relationship.
 
The double murder occurred when the suspect was dropping off a six-year-old child that he shared with his ex. According to police, the child saw the shooting deaths. 
 
“He pulled his ex-girlfriend out to the car and shot her. Then the new boyfriend came out of the house and the perpetrator drove into him with the vehicle and shot him,” police spokesman Henrik Justesen told news agency Ritzau. 
 
Justesen said that the six-year-old girl was sitting in the car throughout the entire incident. 
 
Neighbours called in the shooting to the police, who blocked off the Svendborg Sound Bridge, which connects the islands of Tåsinge and Funen. 
 
Funen Police said that a post-mortem investigation revealed that the 25-year-old woman was pregnant. 
 
The 27-year-old suspect was due to make a preliminary court appearance on Monday. 

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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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