Finland sentences Iraqi man in rare war crime case

A Finnish court has given an Iraqi man a 16-month suspended sentence in a rare war crime case where the defendant was found guilty of degrading a deceased enemy soldier.

The Pirkanmaa District Court in Tampere said Friday the 29-year-old former member of an Iraqi paramilitary unit had posted pictures of himself and a decapitated head of an alleged Islamic State militant on his open Facebook page.

During the one-day trial, the court called the defendant's actions degrading and humiliating, adding the victim was easily recognizable.

The man had arrived to Finland in 2015 — possibly to seek asylum — and was detained in November pending investigation.

On Tuesday, another trial in Finland opens against an Iraqi man suspected of war crimes in Iraq.