The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) has upheld a decision to deport a young Iraqi man found guilty of assaulting his sister.
The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) has upheld a decision to deport a young Iraqi man found guilty of assaulting his sister.


An Iraqi man who assaulted his sister for “dishonouring” the family will be deported from Finland.

The Supreme Administrative Court (KHO) on Friday turned down an appeal submitted by the young man on grounds that his actions demonstrate disregard to values protected under international treaties and the constitution of Finland.

“The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the culture-based violent behaviour within the family demonstrated disregard to values protected under both the constitution of Finland and the international treaties that are binding to Finland,” it explained in its ruling.

The man had been sentenced to a suspended prison term of six months for the assault and, consequently, issued a deportation order by the Finnish Immigration Service (Migri) in March, 2016. He was ruled to have hit her sister in the face with the palm of his hand, kicked her in the legs, pulled her hair and hit her with the tube of a bong.

“The appellant told during the criminal proceedings that a daughter must live by certain rules in their culture. Because the sister has not listened to the appellant, the appellant committed the said acts of physical violence,” the court said.

Migri justified its decision by pointing out that the man was neither employed nor in education in Finland. The deportation was also deemed to pose no threat to the safety of the man as he had lived most of his life in Iraq.

The defendant lodged an appeal against the deportation order.

The order, however, was upheld by both the Administrative Court of Helsinki and the Supreme Administrative Court. The latter stated that the personal circumstances of the appellant – such as his young age, previous language studies and romantic relationship with a Finn – were taken into consideration in the ruling.

Such circumstances were outweighed by the grounds for the deportation.

“The appellant is a single young man with the capacity to work, and as a Shia Arab he is part of the majority in southern Iraq. The appellant has strong ties to Iraq, because he has lived most of his life there and because his father has moved back there,” stated KHO.

The aliens act prescribes that a conviction of a criminal offence that carries a maximum penalty of at least one year in prison can be cited as justification for issuing a deportation order. An assault carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison in Finland. 

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva