The District Court of Helsinki on Thursday sentenced a former member of the Iraqi Ground Forces to a suspended prison term of one year and six months for war crime. (Credit: Mikko Stig – Lehtikuva)


AN IRAQI MAN has been handed a suspended prison sentence of one year and six months for war crime by the District Court of Helsinki.

Helsingin Sanomat reveals that the middle-aged man decapitated a dead member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) while serving in the Iraqi Ground Forces in Al-Karmah, Iraq, in March 2015. His actions were captured on video and the video later published, with the consent of the man, on Facebook, according to the newspaper.

The District Court of Helsinki characterised his actions as inhumane and degrading, ruling that the violated the international statute on war crimes.

Finnish law prescribes that a war crime carries the minimum punishment of one year and maximum punishment of life in prison. The District Court of Helsinki ruled, however, that an 18-month suspended prison term is sufficient due to, for example, the nature of the offence and the defendant’s lack of prior criminal convictions.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi