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Danish police receive 25 potential new leads in murdered teenager case

Around 25 people have contacted police with possible new information connected to the murder of teenager Emilie Meng.

Danish police receive 25 potential new leads in murdered teenager case
File photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Scanpix

The possible leads are a result of new information on the case emerging on Wednesday.

Police have spoken to a woman who reported seeing a car that may be connected to the disappearance of the 17-year-old on July 10th 2016. The witness may also have seen the man who kidnapped and later killed the teenager, South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police confirmed on Thursday.

“We have now begun to look at the information we have received in order to validate it in relation to whether it is information we already have or whether it can move the investigation forwards,” said deputy inspector Søren Ravn of South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police told news agency Ritzau.

The new witness made contact after police in June published an image of a light-coloured, possible white Hyundai i30 linked to the train station at the town of Korsør at the time of Emilie Meng’s disappearance.

A car matching that description was seen by the witness later the same day.

She told police that on the morning of July 10th last year – several hours before the teenager’s disappearance became known – she was driving behind a tractor on the town’s Vestre Ringvej road, which caused her to slow down and thereby notice the white car.

Police are therefore also interested in speaking with the driver of the tractor.


A months-long search followed Emilie Meng's disappearance on July 10th, 2016. Her body was found on December 24th. File photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

“We do not know whether there is a report from the tractor driver amongst the reports we have received. We will therefore look into that now,” Ravn said to Ritzau.

The driver of a second car which, according to the witness, was also driving behind the tractor, is also yet to contact police.

According to a report by tabloid Ekstra Bladet, the witness had mentioned the tractor to family members some time ago but did not make any connection with the murder case until recently.

Ravn was unable to confirm the veracity of that report, according to Ritzau, but said that the witness is considered reliable, despite the length of time elapsed.

“She has reflected on it, and when we made our information request public in the summer she thought over the episode, which led to her contacting us. But we cannot say any more about why it took so long,” Ravn said.

READ ALSO: Danes in mourning after missing teen found dead
 

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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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