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Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case

Funen Police announced on Tuesday evening that the German driver of a vehicle that was struck by a 30 kilo stone tile is now out of critical condition.

Danish police chase clues in motorway ‘stone murder’ case
Police technicians look for clues on the overpass. Photo: Kim Rune/Scanpix
The 36-year-old male driver’s 33-year-old wife was killed when the stone was thrown from a motorway overpass on Sunday morning. Their five year-old son escaped serious injury. 
 
Police said that an autopsy of the female victim proved without a doubt that she was killed directly by the heavy tile. 
 
 
“We can now say with certainty that the cement block cost the woman her life but beyond that we do not want to get in to the details of the autopsy results,” Commissioner Michael Lichtenstein said in a press release. 
 
The 36-year-old German man is still in an artificially-induced coma at Odense University Hospital. 
 
Lichtenstein said police have been contacted by several hundred members of the local community following the deadly incident, which police are treating as a murder and attempted murder.
 
“We are working intensively to sort through the enquiries from the public. But we are still missing information on where the stones that were thrown from the overpass came from,” Lichtenstein said. 
 
He added that many private citizens and local businesses have offered to put up a reward for any information that would lead to an arrest. 
 
“The enquiries about a reward go to show how much this case has affected the public,” he said. 
 
Funen Police said early this week that Sunday’s fatal incident was at least the third time over the course of the weekend that heavy stones were thrown on moving cars from the same overpass. 

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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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