Burglar caught stealing hand sanitiser from Danish hospital

A man in Denmark broke into a hospital on Sunday night and attempted to steal 27 bottles of hand sanitiser, police in East Jutland have reported.

Burglar caught stealing hand sanitiser from Danish hospital
Hand sanitiser is in short supply in Denmark. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix
The man, who was between 18 and 30 years old, set off a burglar alarm at Aarhus University Hospital shortly after 10pm and was accosted by hospital security staff shortly afterwards. 
“The perpetrator shouted to the guard, that if he came any closer he would stab him with a knife,” East Jutland Police said in a press release issued on Monday. 
The man then bolted, managing to make it to a small, dark-coloured car and driving off. 
During his escape, however, he discarded the two bags he was carrying, which turned out to contain 27 bottles of hand sanitiser and two laptops.
The police said that the man was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a parka jacket. 
Hospitals and doctors are currently being given priority access to hand sanitiser in Denmark, making it the one product which is no longer available in shops and supermarkets as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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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.