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Danish submarine killer gives up fight for reduced jail sentence

Danish inventor Peter Madsen, locked up for life for murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall, will not appeal his sentence to the Supreme Court.

Danish submarine killer gives up fight for reduced jail sentence
Madsen's laywer, Betina Hald Engmark. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

A lower Danish appeals court in September upheld the life sentence for the 2017 killing after Madsen asked for a reduced term.

“He decided not to take the case to the Supreme Court,” his lawyer Betina Hald Engmark told Danish public broadcaster DR.

The 47-year-old, known in Denmark for building submarines and rockets, did not contest the guilty verdict.

Madsen had insisted that 30-year-old Wall’s death was an accident on his submarine, but admitted to dismembering her corpse and throwing the body parts into the sea in August 2017.

“He wants to put an end to this case and hopes that his prison conditions will normalize,” Engmark said.

“He feels that taking this case to the Supreme Court would increase the length of his visit ban,” she added.

Madsen is serving his time at a prison west of Copenhagen which also houses felons in need of psychiatric observation and assistance.

On August 10th, 2017, Wall, an award-winning reporter, boarded the submarine to interview the eccentric and self-taught engineer for an article she was writing.

An autopsy report concluded Wall probably died from suffocation or having her throat slit, but the decomposed state of her body meant examiners could not determine the exact cause of death.

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Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks

Danish prosecutors on Friday charged the country's former military intelligence chief with leaking state secrets, following a scandal over Denmark's cooperation with US intelligence.

Former head of Danish intelligence charged over leaks
The prosecution authority said Lars Findsen was accused of “having divulged secrets important to national security on several occasions and… under particularly aggravated circumstances”.
 
The details of the investigation are classified, but the case comes after Danish media reported that the Danish intelligence services had cooperated with the US National Security Agency (NSA).
 

Findsen, who was suspended in August 2020 without public explanation, was subsequently held in custody from December 2021 to February 2022. He insists he is innocent.

 
“I never divulged any state secrets. I reject the allegations”, he told Danish news agency Ritzau in June, criticising the handling of the case as “ridiculous”.
 

Prosecutors accuse Findsen of leaking state secrets and other confidential information after his suspension to six people, including two journalists, over a period of up to 17 months.

 
The leaks could “harm relations with other intelligence service partners and make their work more difficult if their work methods were revealed”, prosecutor Jakob Berger Nielsen said.
 
“Trust in the (Danish) intelligence service’s ability to protect sensitive information may have been weakened,” he added.
 
The prosecution said it would request a trial behind closed doors. A date has yet to be set.
 
While Denmark never publicly revealed why Findsen and the other agents were suspended, there have been suspicions that his service conducted illegal surveillance.
 
The government accused them of hiding “crucial information” and providing “false information to the authorities” between 2014 and 2020.
 
In May 2021, an investigation by several Danish media revealed that the NSA used Danish underwater cables to spy on officials in France, Germany, Norway and Sweden until at least 2014.
 
Former German chancellor Angela Merkel was among the NSA’s targets.
 
The revelations sparked an international scandal and the four countries demanded explanations from Washington and Copenhagen.
 
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