Ahmed Jabbar Hasan

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Ahmed Jabbar Hasan, 41 years old, was a corporal in the Iraqi army between 2003 and 2015.

In March 2015, during an operation against the Islamic State (IS) near the town of Karma, in Iraq, he was filmed decapitating the body of an IS militant and then brandishing the fighter’s head. The video was uploaded to his Facebook page, along with another video of him posing in front of burning bodies. Hasan has not denied the acts he perpetrated, but he has denied that they constituted war crimes. He said to have acted against a terrorist man guilty of far more serious crimes. Hasan also added that he carried out his actions knowing that four of his close army colleagues had been captured and executed by IS.

Legal Procedure

An investigation was launched in Finland in May 2017 after the police had been informed about the video by someone who had seen it online. Ahmed Jabbar Hasan was arrested in Finland at the end of June 2017, and indicted for war crimes of desecrating and violating the dignity of a dead body in July 2017.

On 10 January 2019, a Court in Helsinki sentenced Ahmed Jabbar Hasan to a 18 month imprisonment suspended sentence for war crimes.