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Kurda Bahaalddin H. Saeed H. Saeed

27.07.2020
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FACTS

Saeed was a soldier in the Iraqi army and fought the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kirkuk, northern Iraq, in 2015. Between February and March 2015, he took several photographs and videos of himself posing with the bodies of enemy fighters, some of whom had been mutilated.

 

LEGAL PROCEDURE

The trial of Kurda Bahaalddin H. Saeed H. Saeed before the Orebro District Court began on 29 January 2019. On 19 February 2019, the court found Saeed guilty of four counts of the war crime of subjecting protected persons to humiliating or degrading treatment. The court found that the pictures and videos of dead ISIS fighters he had posted on Facebook “were intended to seriously violate personal integrity”. He was sentenced to 15-months’ imprisonment.

In March 2018, the Swedish police arrested Saeed for posting pictures and videos of dead ISIS fighters on Facebook. Since he had a wife and two children in Sweden, the flight risk was considered to be minimal and he was released on bail the next day.

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