Denmark court rejects infamous murderer’s release appeal

Denmark’s Østre Landsret higher court has rejected an appeal by Noam Conevski, who has been in prison since 1984, to be released and returned to his home country of Macedonia.

Denmark court rejects infamous murderer’s release appeal
The crime scene at Femøren on Amager in 1984. File photo: Geert Bardrum/Scanpix

Conevski, serving a life sentence for the murder of two youths at Femøren on the island of Amager near Copenhagen in 1984, will not be released after the court on Monday rejected his application for release on parole.

Former taxi driver Conevski murdered two Danish youths 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.

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 wanted 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 was subsequently referred to the higher Østre Landsret court.

Following his conviction in 1985, 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, reports Ritzau.

Authorities have on several occasions assessed the viability of transferring him to Macedonia, according to the report.

These considerations have not proved enough to convince the court that Conevski can be released on parole.

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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