Three held after Copenhagen drugs bust

Six people were arrested Tuesday morning as part of a major investigation into cannabis and cocaine dealing, Copenhagen police have confirmed.

Three held after Copenhagen drugs bust
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Three of the six have since been released, while three were remanded in custody for four weeks at initial court proceedings in the Danish capital on Tuesday evening, police confirmed.

The arrests took place in Frederiksberg as well as in central Copenhagen at 7am on Tuesday.

Investigation in the case was carried out by a special police unit and 11 addresses were raided as part of Tuesday’s operation, police said.

The three men who were remanded in custody are 25, 26 and 27 years old and are under suspicion of organised supply of 100 kilograms of cannabis and nine kilograms of cocaine over the course of the last year.

The men denied the charges. Further detail of the police case against them is unavailable, with the Copenhagen City Court judge having granted the prosecutor’s wish to carry out preliminary hearings behind closed doors.

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Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

The government confirmed on Tuesday that it supports a motion by the opposition Socialist People’s Party (SF) to introduce a war crimes paragraph.

“I think it’s important to say first and foremost that war crimes are already illegal in Danish criminal law,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told news wire Ritzau.

“It is not written in as specific clauses in the criminal law, but all offences that are war crimes are criminal,” he said.

“But with all that said, I think that SF has an important point in saying that the time has now come for us to introduce an independent criminalisation of war crimes. I think that would send out an important message to the world, and especially to victims,” he said.

“I will therefore, when the motion is discussed tomorrow [Tuesday, ed.] say, that the government backs criminalising war crimes independently under Danish law,” he said.

Hummelgaard plans to initiate a committee to look into how laws against war crimes can be written and added to the criminal code.

The committee will also consider whether sentences for war crimes should be higher than existing sentences given from crimes such as murder and torture.