Police divers find second arm in Køge Bay

Danish police on Wednesday said divers have found a second arm in the area where the rest of Swedish journalist Kim Wall's body parts were discovered after she was killed on board amateur engineer Peter Madsen’s submarine.

Police divers find second arm in Køge Bay
Copenhagen Police lead investigator Jens Møller Jensen. File photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan/Polfoto/Ritzau

The second arm, found in Køge Bay off Copenhagen, had been weighed down in a similar way as a left arm found last week, Copenhagen Police said in a statement.

“We therefore assume that the arm is connected to the submarine case,” Copenhagen police chief investigator Jens Møller Jensen said in the statement.

Jensen also said the second arm had been found “within 100 metres” of the first and close to the route police have now confirmed the submarine to have followed on the night of Kim Wall’s death.

While both arms have yet to be confirmed to belong to Wall, Jensen told AFP that “the assumption is that all of (her) body parts have (now) been found”.

“First and foremost, this has ethical significance for Kim Wall’s family. They are now able to bury a whole person,” the inspector told media on Wednesday.

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Kim Wall was killed after interviewing Danish inventor Peter Madsen, 46, on his homemade submarine on August 10th.

Wall's legs, torso and head, all found near Køge Bay, had also been weighed down with attached metal objects.

Madsen, who in October admitted dismembering Wall's corpse, is suspected of murdering her.

But he has denied the allegations and said he does not know how she died.

He has told police she died below deck while he was up on deck.

During an earlier hearing at Copenhagen City Court, police stated that forensic examination of Wall’s torso had confirmed 14 stab wounds to her abdomen. It is not clear whether these injuries were sustained before or after her death.

The next court hearing regarding Madsen’s ongoing preliminary detention is scheduled for December 13th and his trial is set to begin on March 8th 2018.

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Denmark police receive 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief fund

The National Unit for Special Crime has received 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief packages since 1st April 2020, according to a press release from the Money Laundering Secretariat (Hvidvasksekretariatet).

Denmark police receive 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief fund

The frauds and attempted frauds amount to 212 million kroner, although some of the scams were discovered before the fraudsters got the money. More than 28 million kroner has been recovered through 102 recovery operations.

According to Jørgen Andersen, deputy police inspector and head of the Money Laundering Secretariat, the task has been taken “very seriously” in the secretariat since the introduction of corona relief packages.

“And it has had a high priority with us as authorities. But also with the notifiers – here primarily banks and the accountants – and we sat down together quite quickly in a community.

“Here, we organised the effort in such a way that when banks and auditors sent notifications to us where there was a suspicion of misuse of schemes, we typically sent them within 24 hours to the authorities who paid money on these schemes”, Andersen says.

Companies or individuals should contact the Money Laundering Secretariat (Hvidvasksekretariatet) if they suspect money laundering or terrorist financing.

In October 2020, an eight-billion kroner stimulus package was agreed in parliament to help Danish businesses and cultural institutions hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The financial package also included a liquidity fund totalling 28 million kroner. 

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