– Who is Navalny here, convicted murderer Peter Madsen, 52, said during today’s court hearing.
Madsen is accused of violating a law passed in January 2022, which prohibits life and remand prisoners from visiting or communicating with people they did not know before prison, during the first 10 years of their sentences.
Madsen was sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall (30). In addition, he was also convicted of sexual assault and desecration of a corpse.
Madsen admits he sent the letters, but pleads not guilty. He claims that the law is in violation of the Convention on Human Rights.
Now he compares the Danish legal system to the Russian one, and himself to imprisoned opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
She was Danish BT newspaper who mentioned it for the first time.
According to the newspaper, the comparison to the Russian defector was just a small part of Madsen’s long defense of why he thinks it’s crazy not to let him send messages to people he himself claims to have a “long-term, close relationship.” relationship with.”
Madsen is accused of sending forbidden letters to two women.
One of them was formerly a prison officer, and she and Madsen met behind the walls of Storström Prison in Falster.
– She came to me shortly after my arrival in prison. If it weren’t for her, I would have followed Epstein’s example, Madsen said during today’s court hearing.
Jeffrey Epstein was an American financier and convicted sex offender. He was accused of assaulting a number of young women and committed suicide in prison.
– What happens when you end up in prison is also psychological violence, he continued.
– I wanted to quit my job
Madsen claimed that he and the woman finally became very close.
– She wanted to quit her job to keep in touch with me. She is the person I trust the most. He said: I got the clothes from her.
The woman also gave her testimony during the court session.
– I didn’t want to give up contact with him, and therefore I quit my job. In fact, she said, it was my intention to continue working as a prison officer until I retired.
The woman claims she did not feel pressured by Madsen to quit her job, but did of her own free will.
She herself described her relationship with Madsen as “close and trusting”.
– My best friend
The woman said she was introduced to Madsen on the same day he was placed in Vestre Fencil, after he was arrested for the murder of Kim Wall.
She claimed that the relationship between them began to develop even then, but they did not become lovers.
– I fell in love with him, and maybe I was in love with him too. But that wasn’t where we were. The woman explained that he is like a brother that I never had, that he is my best friend.
She described Madsen as a good conversation partner.
– I also needed someone to talk to, and it was easy to do that with Peter. At that time, my marriage was not going well.
The woman said she was shocked when Madsen tried to escape from prison in 2020.
– It was hard for me, I was completely broken.
She defended her relationship with Madsen.
– I can’t be without him, she said during the court session.
Anger at the legal system
Madsen advocate Tobias Studderfield explained how the new letter law compares to existing legislation in Russia.
Madsen also attacked the Danish legal system further.
– We have a tripartite state power. Sometimes we need a check. The convicted killer said that this is not only about the rights of inmates, but also about the rights of next of kin.
Madsen ended his defense with a petition to the justice system:
– I ask that their rights as adults are also taken into account in this case.
The verdict will be issued next Friday without a court hearing.
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