While fighting IS militants as a member of the Iraqi armed forces in spring 2015, Raed Abdulkareem posed for pictures with the dead bodies of enemy fighters. The photos, which he posted on Facebook in July 2015, show the 24-year old standing in military uniform among several decapitated bodies and a severed head on a plate.
In September 2016, Iraqi national Raed Abdulkareem was charged with committing a war crime for allegedly posing with the dead bodies of Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq. The incriminating photos were discovered during a separate investigation into a robbery, for which Abdulkareem is currently serving a 42-month sentence.
The 24-year old admitted to being in the photos but denied any wrongdoing, claiming he had been forced to pose for them. However, on 6 December 2016, Raed Abdulkareem was found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment by the Blekinge District Court for posing next to the severed heads.
The judgment has been appealed both by the prosecutors and the defendant.