Denmark youth crime rates dropping: Ministry

Youth crime levels in Denmark have decreased year on tear since 2006, says a report by the Danish Ministry of Justice.

Denmark youth crime rates dropping: Ministry
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The amount of people between the ages of 10 and 17 years old either on suspicion or charged with crimes has more than halved over the last decade, according to ministry figures.

Law infringement numbers have dropped every year since 2006, says the report – a decrease in raw numbers from 25,125 in 2006 to 11,487 in 2016.

Between 2015 and 2016 there was only a one percent decrease, however.

The most marked fall in youth crime rates took place during the years up to 2013.

A reduction in the number of first-time young offenders is a key reason for the positive development, says the ministry.

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For 10-14 year-olds, the number put under suspicion by police dropped by 72 percent between 2006 and 2016. The figure for the 15-17 year age group stood at a 46 percent decrease.

Source: Justitsministeriet

There was a slight increase in boys suspected or charged with crimes between 2015 and 2016, however – a one percent rise offset by a drop of 19 percent for girls in the same classification.

Crimes committed by boys consist primarily of break-ins, violence and threatening behaviour, while the most common crime for girls was theft.

“It is well known that a large number of crimes are committed by young people. It is particularly in the formative years between child and adulthood that young people get drawn into criminality. We must prevent this, because criminal behaviour at an early age can lead to an existence in the shadows of society. So it is encouraging to see that, again, this year there are fewer of our young people starting on the road to crime,” wrote justice minister Søren Pape Poulsen in the ministry’s press statement.

The government is expected to announce a new initiative to further combat youth crime using ‘focused initiatives’, the minister added.

The full version of the report can be found here.

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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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