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Danish ‘axe attacker’ remanded in custody

A 29-year-old man suspected of attacking a couple with an axe and then robbing a bank declined to speak at a preliminary detention hearing at Lyngby City Court on Tuesday.

Danish 'axe attacker' remanded in custody
Police searched for the man, here at Bidstrup Hegn, for two days before arresting him at a strip club on Monday. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Scanpix Denmark

The man is suspected of committing assault with an axe in Birkerød near Copenhagen on Saturday and a bank robbery in Ringsted on Monday.

He also refused to answer when his defence counsel asked how he would plead police charges, and as such is considered to have pleaded not guilty, defence lawyer Peter La Cour confirmed to Ritzau.

At Tuesday's hearing, he was given preliminary detention until March 20th due to concerns he could attempt to disrupt investigation of the case against him if he were allowed to go free.

A number of details were not released by the court due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, which is at an early stage.

The man was arrested on Monday evening at Club 34, a strip bar in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district, following a two-day police search.

He is accused of an unprovoked attack on a 19-year-old couple using an axe at a petrol station in Birkerød. He is suspected of attempted murder.

A woman sustained a fractured skull in the attack, while her boyfriend suffered injuries to his back and hand, the court heard Tuesday.

They were able to fight off the attacker and escape.

On Monday, the suspect is reported to have robbed a branch of Danske Bank in the town of Ringsted, where he used a knife to threaten staff and stole just under 30,000 kroner (4,000 euros). He was therefore also charged with robbery.

Two armed policeman sat behind the suspect, who police consider to be dangerous, at the court hearing.

He wore Adidas shorts and a brown woollen jumper during the hearing, Ritzau reports.

He is also reported to have offended previously, having been sentenced for robbery and attempted robbery in 2015.

Senior prosecutor Bente Schnack has requested the suspect undergo psychological evaluation.

READ ALSO: Jealous Danish man attacks wife with axe


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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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