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Norwegian charged in Dane’s death was on leave from psych hospital

The 32-year-old Norwegian man who is charged with the voluntary manslaughter of a 52-year-old Dane in Sola was on a leave of absence from the psychiatric unit at Stavanger University Hospital, police said.

Norwegian charged in Dane’s death was on leave from psych hospital
The 52-year-old Danish victim was a resident of Norway. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix
“The information in this case indicates that the the 32-year-old man who is charged with voluntary manslaughter had been granted a brief leave from Stavanger University Hospital. Police have initiated an investigation to clarify this and have established a separate case on this issue,” South Western Police District spokeswoman Hilde Urdal Fløysvik said. 
 
The victim, Mark Ole Jensen, was a Danish citizen living in Rogaland. He was found severely injured in a residence on Røyneberg in Sola Municipality on Sunday. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. 
 
Later the same day, the 32-year-old was arrested and charged with manslaughter. He is currently being held in a mental health facility. 
 
“We are very early in the investigation. More questioning is scheduled shortly,” prosecuting attorney Lars Fredrik Braten said on Tuesday morning. 
 
Police have not revealed what connection, if any, exists between the two men.

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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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