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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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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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