Millions in cannabis money passed through Copenhagen exchange bureau

A currency exchange bureau in Copenhagen handled as much as 57 million kroner in turnover from criminal activities. The bureau’s director faces a prison sentence.

Millions in cannabis money passed through Copenhagen exchange bureau
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen City Court on Friday sentenced the director of the bureau, Abbas Mohamad-Baker, with a four-year unconditional prison sentence for possession of stolen goods and attempted possession of stolen goods.

A large portion of the sum was garnered from the illegal cannabis trade – evoking images of hit DR television series Bedrag (Follow the Money), which depicts organised crime and money laundering in the Danish capital, including through an exchange bureau.

The rest of the cash that passed through the bureau was gained through other forms of crime, the prosecution said.

The court concluded that the accused was aware of the illegal nature of the funds he was handling.

Mohamad-Baker, 56, shook his head upon leaving the court, according to Ritzau’s report. The man’s lawyer Khuram Riaz confirmed that the sentence will be appealed.

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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.