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Denmark’s infamous Femøren murderer appeals for release after 33 years

In 1984, Yugoslavian Naum Conevski murdered two youths at Femøren on the island of Amager in Copenhagen. The Danish High Court will on Monday begin its assessment of an appeal for his release.

Denmark’s infamous Femøren murderer appeals for release after 33 years
Naum Conevski (centre) is arrested at Kastrup in 1984. File photo: Mini Wolff/Scanpix

After Copenhagen City Court rejected Conevski’s initial appeal to be released in May, the higher court will now assess the appeal of the former taxi driver, who wishes to return to Macedonia, reports Danish news agency Ritzau.

Conevski murdered two Danish teenagers who were camping at the Femøren area near the Amager beach on May 20th, 1984.

He ordered three friends out of the tent in which they had been sleeping before killing two, a 16-year-old and a 20-year-old, by shooting them in the head.

The third of the three young men, also aged 16 at the time, managed to escape despite being fired at.

Conevski was sentenced a year later to lifetime imprisonment following the cold-blooded crime, which left Denmark in shock.


The crime scene on Amager in 1984. File photo: Geert Bardrum/Scanpix

He was also convicted of attempted murder and several other serious crimes.

After serving over three decades of his sentence, the now 68-year-old double murderer wants to be released and sent to Macedonia, where his wife, children and grandchildren live, writes Ritzau.

This request was rejected by Copenhagen City Court in May, and Conevski’s appeal has now been referred to the higher Østre Landsret court.

The murder case received significant publicity in Denmark during the 1980s, not least because Conevski earlier in the decade had already been on trial after being charged with raping a woman who had travelled as a passenger in his taxi.

After initially being found guilty in that case, the Court of Appeal found a retrial necessary after a newspaper campaign raised doubts as to the then-Yugoslavian citizen’s guilt, writes Ritzau.

He was found innocent at the retrial just three months before the Femøren murders.

Conevski was later diagnosed as insane and was transferred to Denmark’s Sikringen special unit for dangerous mentally ill prisoners.

The decree declaring him dangerous was later lifted, and the 68-year- old is now detained at a secure wing of the St. Hans hospital in Roskilde. Assessments by doctors at that unit find him to have been stable for an extended period, according to Ritzau’s report.

The High Court will now decide whether that assessment is sufficient to justify his release. It is currently unclear when a final decision on the case will be made. 

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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.

READ ALSO: Danish police drop money laundering case against Danske Bank directors

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