HELSINKI – A Finnish court has given an Iraqi man a 13-month suspended sentence for war crimes committed in his home country last year, finding him guilty of degrading the body of a dead enemy soldier.
The Kanta-Hame District Court says the 23-year-old former Iraqi army soldier had desecrated the body, describing his actions as humiliating.
Prosecutor Juha-Mikko Hamalainen said Tuesday that the accused had posted a picture of himself with the decapitated head on his Facebook page "for all to see," and had admitted to the crime.
Last week, in a similar but unrelated case, a court in southern Finland gave another Iraqi man a 16-month sentence for committing war crimes in Iraq in 2015.
Both men arrived in Finland last year, possibly to seek asylum.