Copenhagen gangs continue ceasefire: report

A ceasefire in a conflict between organised crime gangs in Copenhagen has reportedly been extended by a month.

Copenhagen gangs continue ceasefire: report
File photo: Jens Dresling/Polfoto/Ritzau

The arrangement, which was made after the fatal shooting of a man in the city on November 9th, had been due to expire on Monday.

Newspaper BT reported the extension of the ceasefire, citing an anonymous source.

“All we know at this time is that it will continue. We do no expect them to go amok at each other like before. A lasting agreement is still being negotiated,” the source told BT.

“There is mineral water and coffee at the meetings, that’s all I can say,” the source added.

Violence connected to the conflict between the gangs has plagued Copenhagen since the beginning of the summer, with several gang-linked injuries, as well as innocent passers-by, injured in shootings numbering into the high twenties.

Three people have been killed as a result of the violence.

Over 50 people have been detained as part of the police response to the gang shootings, which has included extra patrols and the implementation of stop-and-search zones in designated areas of the city. 

On November 9th, 22-year-old Ghassan Ali Hussein was killed and a 19-year-old man suffered minor injuries when two men rode a moped into a parking lot in the Mjølnerparken area and fired shots at a car.

Following that shooting, a ceasefire was reportedly brokered by fathers of group members.

Police have made a number of arrests in connection with the crime.

Chief Inspector Torben Svarrer told Ritzau on Monday that he had no knowledge of the extended ceasefire.

“We have heard about it from the media today. But apart from that, we haven’t heard about it,” Svarrer said.

The officer added that he was glad there had not being any shootings since November 9th.

“We hope it continues. But apart from that, I can say that the police is continuing its efforts in both an investigative and operational sense,” he added.

Last week, a stop-and-search zone in the Danish capital was extended for a ninth time as part of an ongoing police tactic to prevent the carrying and possession of weapons in the area, while wide-ranging raids and arrests have been carried out across the country.

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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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