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Danish father killed his four kids and wife before committing suicide: police

The investigation into six dead bodies found in a house in the village of Ulstrup on Monday has pointed to a likely murder-suicide, police said on Tuesday night.

Danish father killed his four kids and wife before committing suicide: police
A flag flies at half mast in the Ulstrup neighbourhood where the family tragedy took place. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
East Jutland Police wrote in a press release that investigators believe a 45-year-old man murdered his wife and four children before killing himself. 
 
The victims were the man’s two sons, aged 3 and 11, two daughters, aged 6 and 16, and his 42-year-old wife. 
 
“Based on the information available in the case, it is the police's initial assessment that the four children and the 42-year-old woman were all killed by the 45-year-old man, who then took his own life,” police wrote. 
 
The police update ruled out previous media speculation that the six deaths were the result of a gas leak. 
 
“There is nothing at present indicates that gas was the cause of the deaths,” police added. 
 
Favrskov Municipality officials said that its crisis teams would once again be on hand at the victims’ school and daycare institution. 
 
“We are deeply affected by what happened and we send our condolences to those affected. Tomorrow [Wednesday, ed.] we will stand by ready at the daycare and school with care and support for [the victims’] friends,” the municipality wrote on its website. 
 
A torchlight procession in support of the family will be held on Thursday evening in Ulstrup, which is located about 20km southwest of Randers in central Jutland. 

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Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks

Danish prosecutors on Friday charged the country's former military intelligence chief with leaking state secrets, following a scandal over Denmark's cooperation with US intelligence.

Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks
The prosecution authority said Lars Findsen was accused of “having divulged secrets important to national security on several occasions and… under particularly aggravated circumstances”.
 
The details of the investigation are classified, but the case comes after Danish media reported that the Danish intelligence services had cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA).
 

Findsen, who was suspended in August 2020 without public explanation, was subsequently held in custody from December 2021 to February 2022. He insists he is innocent.

 
“I never divulged any state secrets. I reject the allegations”, he told Danish news agency Ritzau in June, criticising the handling of the case as “ridiculous”.
 

Prosecutors accuse Findsen of leaking state secrets and other confidential information after his suspension to six people, including two journalists, over a period of up to 17 months.

 
The leaks could “harm relations with other intelligence service partners and make their work more difficult if their work methods were revealed”, prosecutor Jakob Berger Nielsen said.
 
“Trust in the (Danish) intelligence service’s ability to protect sensitive information may have been weakened,” he added.
 
The prosecution said it would request a trial behind closed doors. A date has yet to be set.
 
While Denmark never publicly revealed why Findsen and the other agents were suspended, there have been suspicions that his service conducted illegal surveillance.
 
The government accused them of hiding “crucial information” and providing “false information to the authorities” between 2014 and 2020.
 
In May 2021, an investigation by several Danish media revealed that the NSA used Danish underwater cables to spy on officials in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden until at least 2014.
 
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel was among the NSA’s targets.
 
The revelations sparked an international scandal and the four countries demanded explanations from Washington and Copenhagen.
 
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