Italian woman jailed for ordering boyfriend’s murder

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An Italian woman who ordered her boyfriend’s murder in March through a website and paid a hitman in bitcoin digital currency has been sentenced to six years imprisonment.

The 58-year-old woman was jailed on Friday by a Copenhagen court.

She had ordered the murder, which was never carried out in March, transferring 4.1 bitcoin, then worth about 4,000 dollars, to the hitman’s virtual wallet, the court found.

Bitcoin can be transferred electronically between users without an intermediary such as a bank, making it potentially attractive for buying illegal goods or services.

“The woman, who has lived in Denmark for 30 years, will be expelled after serving her sentence,’’ the court said.

The intended murder victim was present at the court hearing north of Copenhagen and spoke with the woman after the verdict, the Danish public broadcaster said.

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