Kim Wall: Danish Submarine Was 'Deliberately Sunk'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 14, 2017

Peter Madsen is being held on manslaughter charges after Swedish journalist Kim Wall vanished shortly after his 40-tonne amateur submarine sank off Denmark's coast on Friday.

Ms Wall had been with Madsen as they sailed inside the submarine on Thursday, with Madsen claiming he then dropped off his passenger at Copenhagen harbour during the night. Madsen was later rescued by the navy. Police searched it late Saturday and early Sunday.

Police spokesman Jens Møller Jensen said on Sunday that the submarine had been raised from the sea bed and searched but no body had been discovered.

As media interest in the story spiralled over the weekend, news outlets have reported that Madsen is suspected of deliberately scuttling his vessel around Friday lunchtime in waters near Køge south of Copenhagen - possibly to destroy evidence.

Madsen, an entrepreneur, artist, submarine builder and aerospace engineer, went before a judge Saturday behind closed doors for preliminary questioning.

A Danish inventor who built a submarine has been arrested over the disappearance of a journalist - who prosecutors believe was on the ship before it sank. His defense lawyer, Betina Hald Engmark, said he denied the charges. On Sunday they said they had since been given another explanation by Madsen, but declined to elaborate.

The journalist's boyfriend alerted authorities on Friday morning that the sub, named the UC3 Nautilus, had not returned to Copenhagen as expected.

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