Members of The Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen on August 23, 2017 in search of missing bodyparts of Swedish journalist Kim Wall close to the site where her torso was found on August 21.
The headless torso of a woman found at sea was identified as a Swedish journalist who likely died aboard a Danish inventor's homemade submarine in a bizarre twist on Nordic Noir.  / AFP PHOTO / Scanpix Denmark AND Scanpix / Martin Sylvest / Denmark OUT
Members of the Danish Emergency Management Agency assist police at Kalvebod Faelled in Copenhagen on August 23, 2017 in search of missing body parts of Swedish journalist Kim Wall close to the site whShow more

How a story cost a Swedish reporter her life



After reporting from some of the most far flung places on Earth, it is a tragic irony that Kim Wall died so close to her homeland, Sweden.

The award-winning freelance reporter, who had sent dispatches from post-war Sri Lanka and Haiti, was killed in Denmark while researching an article about a semi-famous local inventor and his unusual submarine.

In a story that darkly echoes the popular Scandi-noir crime thrillers, her boyfriend raised the alarm on August 11 when Wall, 30, failed to return from interviewing Peter Madsen on his privately-built vessel, the Nautilus.

Four days later, a passing cyclist in Copenhagen spotted something at the water’s edge: a woman’s torso — missing its head, legs and arms.

Police later confirmed that the torso, which had been beaten and weighed down with metal, was a DNA match with the young woman.

Red-headed, petite and humble, Wall often surprised those that judged her on first impressions. Friends remember her as an exceptional journalist who was not easily deterred. As a freelancer, she wrote for titles such as The New York Times and trained at the prestigious Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Her Instagram account is packed with colourful and quirky photographs taken during her travels across the world. Wall was soon to embark on a new chapter in her life as she planned to move to China with her boyfriend.

Many of the details of what happened to Wall are shrouded in mystery.

What is established is that Wall met Madsen, 46, at around 7pm local time on Thursday, August 10 at Refshaleoen, a harbour area in Copenhagen. An hour and a half later, the pair were pictured in the conning tower  - the part of the submarine that sits above water when at surface level - by a man on a nearby cruise ship. At 2.30am on Friday morning, her boyfriend reported her missing. On August 11, Madsen was arrested on a preliminary charge of manslaughter.

Madsen's biographer, Thomas Djursing, describes him as someone who has made a lot of enemies and was prone to getting into arguments.

“He can throw tools at you. But at the same time, he's not a violent person. I've never been afraid of him,” Mr Djursing told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet, adding, “I don't know a journalist who has not been in conflict with him”.

The DIY submarine enthusiast initially told police he had dropped Wall back on land after their interview. He denied any role in her disappearance and said she was alive when he left her.

Following the discovery of CCTV tapes from the area where he claimed he left Wall, Madsen changed his story, telling the authorities that the journalist had died in an accident on board his submarine and that he dumped her body in the sea.

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The alleged crime scene sank shortly after Wall’s last known sighting.

Madsen told police his submarine got into technical difficulties but when the 55 feet long vessel was brought to the surface, the state of the UC3 Nautilus contradicted the inventor’s tale. Not only did the sub seem to have been deliberately sunk, a witness, Kristian Isbak, told Danish press, “There was no panic at all. The man was absolutely calm.” It is thanks to Mr Isbak that police were able to find the exact location of the wrecked submarine.

Not unusually for Denmark, the case is being held behind closed-doors. The main information to come from Madsen so far has come either via the police or his glamorous and self-assured lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark.

Ms Engmark, one of the country’s top lawyers, said, “[Madsen] wants to collaborate with the police and give investigators all the information needed in the case”.

On August 21, following a joint request from Ms Engmark and the prosecution, snippets of information discussed within the four walls of the courtroom were released. It was then that the outside world learnt Madsen’s version of events — that an accident occurred on board, Wall died and Madsen ‘buried’ her at sea somewhere in Koge Bay, about 50km south of Copenhagen. No other details were shared.

But just a few hours later, the body of a woman was found a short distance away from where Madsen said he dropped Wall overboard.

Jens Moller, the chief homicide investigator of the Copenhagen police said the torso had been in water for “some time”.

On Wednesday, police confirmed an autopsy conducted on Tuesday night revealed metal attached to the torso and that “the body bears the mark of having, most likely, been inflicted deliberate damage with the purpose of ensuring that gasses can pass out of the body — possibly in an attempt to avoid that a body rises from the seabed”.

The statement revealed that forensics had been able to find blood on the sunken and that the DNA matched both the female torso and the missing Swedish journalist. The authorities are now searching for remaining body parts and clothing.

Wall’s mother posted a note onto Facebook which read, “We cannot see the end of the disaster yet, and a lot of questions are still to be answered. The tragedy has hit not only us and other families, but friends and colleagues all over the world. During the horrendous days since Kim disappeared, we have received countless evidence of how loved and appreciated she has been, as a human and friend as well as a professional journalist. From all corners of the world comes evidence of Kim’s ability to be a person who makes a difference.”

Ominously, as the investigation into Wall’s death continues apace, Danish media began to report today that the police are now looking into a number of unresolved past cases.

Ominously, as the investigation into Wall’s death continues apace, Danish media began to report today that the police are looking into a number of unresolved past cases that could be connected with Wall’s.

One in particular that has struck many as eerily similar was the discovery of the torso and body parts of a 22-year-old female Japanese tourist in plastic bags in the waters of Copenhagen harbour thirty years ago.

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

Dubai World Cup factbox

Most wins by a trainer: Godolphin’s Saeed bin Suroor(9)

Most wins by a jockey: Jerry Bailey(4)

Most wins by an owner: Godolphin(9)

Most wins by a horse: Godolphin’s Thunder Snow(2)

HIV on the rise in the region

A 2019 United Nations special analysis on Aids reveals 37 per cent of new HIV infections in the Mena region are from people injecting drugs.

New HIV infections have also risen by 29 per cent in western Europe and Asia, and by 7 per cent in Latin America, but declined elsewhere.

Egypt has shown the highest increase in recorded cases of HIV since 2010, up by 196 per cent.

Access to HIV testing, treatment and care in the region is well below the global average.  

Few statistics have been published on the number of cases in the UAE, although a UNAIDS report said 1.5 per cent of the prison population has the virus.

The biog

Mission to Seafarers is one of the largest port-based welfare operators in the world.

It provided services to around 200 ports across 50 countries.

They also provide port chaplains to help them deliver professional welfare services.

How to register as a donor

1) Organ donors can register on the Hayat app, run by the Ministry of Health and Prevention

2) There are about 11,000 patients in the country in need of organ transplants

3) People must be over 21. Emiratis and residents can register. 

4) The campaign uses the hashtag  #donate_hope

MEDIEVIL (1998)

Developer: SCE Studio Cambridge
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
Rating: 3.5/5

Naga

Director: Meshal Al Jaser

Starring: Adwa Bader, Yazeed Almajyul, Khalid Bin Shaddad

Rating: 4/5

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

Springtime in a Broken Mirror,
Mario Benedetti, Penguin Modern Classics

 

ICC T20 Rankings

1. India - 270 ranking points

2. England - 265 points

3. Pakistan - 261 points

4. South Africa - 253 points

5. Australia - 251 points

6. New Zealand - 250 points

7. West Indies - 240 points

8. Bangladesh - 233 points

9. Sri Lanka - 230 points

10. Afghanistan - 226 points

RESULT

Fifth ODI, at Headingley

England 351/9
Pakistan 297
England win by 54 runs (win series 4-0)

Water waste

In the UAE’s arid climate, small shrubs, bushes and flower beds usually require about six litres of water per square metre, daily. That increases to 12 litres per square metre a day for small trees, and 300 litres for palm trees.

Horticulturists suggest the best time for watering is before 8am or after 6pm, when water won't be dried up by the sun.

A global report published by the Water Resources Institute in August, ranked the UAE 10th out of 164 nations where water supplies are most stretched.

The Emirates is the world’s third largest per capita water consumer after the US and Canada.

Another way to earn air miles

In addition to the Emirates and Etihad programmes, there is the Air Miles Middle East card, which offers members the ability to choose any airline, has no black-out dates and no restrictions on seat availability. Air Miles is linked up to HSBC credit cards and can also be earned through retail partners such as Spinneys, Sharaf DG and The Toy Store.

An Emirates Dubai-London round-trip ticket costs 180,000 miles on the Air Miles website. But customers earn these ‘miles’ at a much faster rate than airline miles. Adidas offers two air miles per Dh1 spent. Air Miles has partnerships with websites as well, so booking.com and agoda.com offer three miles per Dh1 spent.

“If you use your HSBC credit card when shopping at our partners, you are able to earn Air Miles twice which will mean you can get that flight reward faster and for less spend,” says Paul Lacey, the managing director for Europe, Middle East and India for Aimia, which owns and operates Air Miles Middle East.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

TECH SPECS: APPLE WATCH SE (second generation)

Display: 40mm, 324 x 394; 44mm, 368 x 448; Retina LTPO OLED, up to 1000 nits; Ion-X glass

Processor: Apple S8, W3 wireless

Capacity: 32GB

Memory: 1GB

Platform: watchOS 9

Health metrics: 2nd-gen heart rate sensor, workouts, fall/crash detection; emergency SOS, international emergency calling

Connectivity: GPS/GPS + cellular; Wi-Fi, LTE, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC (Apple Pay)

Durability: Water resistant up to 50m

Battery: 269mAh Li-ion, up to 18h, wireless charging

Cards: eSIM

Finishes: Aluminium; midnight, silver, starlight

In the box: Watch SE, magnetic-to-USB-C charging cable, band/loop

Price: Starts at Dh999 (40mm) / 1,119 (44mm)

Confirmed bouts (more to be added)

Cory Sandhagen v Umar Nurmagomedov
Nick Diaz v Vicente Luque
Michael Chiesa v Tony Ferguson
Deiveson Figueiredo v Marlon Vera
Mackenzie Dern v Loopy Godinez

Tickets for the August 3 Fight Night, held in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, went on sale earlier this month, through www.etihadarena.ae and www.ticketmaster.ae.

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3

Director: James Gunn

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper

Rating: 4/5

If you go:

 

Getting there:

Flying to Guyana requires first reaching New York with either Emirates or Etihad, then connecting with JetBlue or Caribbean Air at JFK airport. Prices start from around Dh7,000.

 

Getting around:

Wildlife Worldwide offers a range of Guyana itineraries, such as its small group tour, the 15-day ‘Ultimate Guyana Nature Experience’ which features Georgetown, the Iwokrama Rainforest (one of the world’s four remaining pristine tropical rainforests left in the world), the Amerindian village of Surama and the Rupununi Savannah, known for its giant anteaters and river otters; wildlifeworldwide.com

UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Results

Stage 2:
1. Soudal–Quick-Step - 18’11”
2. EF Education – EasyPost - 1"
3. Ineos Grenadiers - 3"
General classification:
1. Lucas Plapp (AUS) Ineos Grenadiers
2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal–Quick-Step - ST
3. Nikias Arndt (GER) Bahrain Victorious - 3"

SPECS

Engine: Two-litre four-cylinder turbo
Power: 235hp
Torque: 350Nm
Transmission: Nine-speed automatic
Price: From Dh167,500 ($45,000)
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COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

Kill

Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5

THE BIO:

Favourite holiday destination: Thailand. I go every year and I’m obsessed with the fitness camps there.

Favourite book: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. It’s an amazing story about barefoot running.

Favourite film: A League of their Own. I used to love watching it in my granny’s house when I was seven.

Personal motto: Believe it and you can achieve it.

The specs

Engine: 6.2-litre V8

Transmission: ten-speed

Power: 420bhp

Torque: 624Nm

Price: Dh325,125

On sale: Now

UAE players with central contracts

Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Rameez Shahzad, Shaiman Anwar, Adnan Mufti, Mohammed Usman, Ghulam Shabbir, Ahmed Raza, Qadeer Ahmed, Amir Hayat, Mohammed Naveed and Imran Haider.

The Lowdown

Us

Director: Jordan Peele

Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseqph, Evan Alex and Elisabeth Moss

Rating: 4/5

The years Ramadan fell in May

1987

1954

1921

1888


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