HELSINKI – An Iraqi migrant to Finland has been found guilty of committing a war crime after he posted images of himself on Facebook posing with the head of an Islamic State group fighter.
Jebbar Salman Ammar, 29, was given a 16-month suspended sentence by the Pirkanmaa district court, which found he had desecrated the corpse of a fighter by posting three images on Facebook of himself with the decapitated fighter’s head in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
He admitted to publishing the pictures and to having fought for IS, but denied committing a war crime.
Prosecutor Juha-Mikko Hamalainen said his conduct was defined as a war crime by the International Criminal Court. He had sought a two-year prison sentence.
Jebbar Salman Ammar arrived in Finland about six months ago as part of Europe’s huge migrant influx.
Finland, a country of 5.4 million people, received some 32,000 mostly Iraqi asylum seekers last year, as Europe experienced it biggest migrant crisis since World War II. More than 1 million migrants fleeing the civil war in Syria and upheaval across the Middle East, Asia and Africa have landed in Europe since the start of 2015.
A similar case dealing with another Iraqi man is to be heard in another Finnish court next week.