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Danish police find weapons used to kill teenager in Copenhagen

Copenhagen police have found two guns connected to a shooting which resulted in the death of a 16-year-old in October 2017.

Danish police find weapons used to kill teenager in Copenhagen
The Colt .38 recovered by police in investigation of October's fatal shooting. Photo: Copenhagen Police

An American revolver and a Yugoslavian semi-automatic pistol used by the shooters are now in police possession.

Police hope that releasing details of the two weapons will encourage witnesses or others to come forward with information that can help in investigation of the crime, which killed 16-year-old Servet Abidja.

Investigation has suggested the guns may have been brought to Denmark from Sweden, police superintendent Hans Erik Raben said.

“We hope that, by releasing photos of the weapons, witnesses with knowledge of persons that have had weapons of the stated types and makes in their possession, or access to them – both here and in Sweden – will contact Copenhagen Police,” Raben said via a press release.

The superintendent declined to give further detail as to the relevance of Sweden for the case.

Teenager Abidja died after being shot six times at close range on October 16th last year near his family’s home on the Ragnhildgade street on the border of the Nørrebro and Østerbro districts. His mother is reported to have heard the shots being fired from inside the family apartment.

Three masked men, who were dressed in black, were subsequently see fleeing the scene on foot. They are thought to have waited for the victim for around 45 minutes before the attack. The day before the shooting, three masked men were seen in the same area, where they were in contact with a fourth man in a dark car.

The two weapons are a Colt revolver, serial number 120194, and an un-numbered Zastava pistol.

Police declined to release information as to how the weapons were located.

READ ALSO: Police appeal to Copenhagen youths after fatal shooting

MONEY

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. 

READ ALSO: Denmark announces new coronavirus relief for businesses and culture

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