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Denmark shocked by suspected killing of young woman after night out

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of killing a 22-year-old woman who disappeared after a night out in northern city Aalborg, in a case that has deeply shocked many in Denmark.

Flowers in Aalborg left by the public for a missing woman
Flowers left by members of the public in Aalborg at the location where a missing young woman was last seen. Two men have been arrest on suspicion of killing her. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Aalborg District Court on Thursday remanded in custody a 36-year-old man who is held on suspicion of killing a missing woman from the North Jutland city.

A second man, also 36, was released by the district court on Thursday but police charges against him are upheld, news wire Ritzau reported. A higher court upheld this decision on Friday.

The case relates to 22-year-old Mia Skadhauge Stevn, who was last seen getting into a black car in central Aalborg just after 6am on Sunday February 6th. She is reported to have been on her way home from the Jomfru Ane Gade nightlife area.

Intensive investigation by police is ongoing in the case. Three addresses were searched in North Jutland earlier this week, with a car also seized. It is unconfirmed whether the seized car is the vehicle CCTV recorded Stevn getting into in the last known sighting of her on Sunday.

Investigation has also involved the Dronninglund Storskov forest, where police said on Thursday evening that they had found human remains.

“The police are awaiting a series of technical and forensic investigations that will include confirmation that this is the 22-year-old and state the cause of death,” North Jutland Police senior inspector Frank Olsen told reporters late on Thursday.

Some details remain unclear in the case with the police investigation ongoing.

Details of the charges have not been made public, with Thursday’s initial court proceedings conducted behind closed doors. The nature of evidence gathered by police is also not known to the public.

The two suspects are reported to have known each other for some time but no previous connection has been made between them and the victim.

Police earlier suggested the black car connected to the case may have been an illegal taxi but it is not certain whether they are still working with this theory.

The case has received extensive media attention in Denmark and given rise to debate around violence against women.

Minister for equality Trine Bramsen wrote in a social media post that Denmark has “a problem” because women have been killed “because they are women”.

Bramsen wrote that “several” women had been killed by their partners in Denmark since the beginning of 2022 in addition to the Aalborg case which “appears to be a murder”.

“(This is) a problem we must be able to speak about and find solutions to,” she wrote.

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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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