Rami K

08.02.2017 ( Last modified: 30.05.2017 )
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Facts

As a member of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Rami K reportedly fought in the Iraqi Civil War in 2015. Following a battle against members of the terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) north of Baghdad, the suspect allegedly posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two IS fighters, who had been killed in combat. The photo was later posted on social media. The suspect confessed to the crime.

Legal Procedure

On 29 August 2016, German police arrested Iraqi national Rami K on strong suspicion of war crimes. He is accused of having treated persons who are to be protected under international humanitarian law in a gravely humiliating or degrading manner.

His trial opened in 22 February 2017 before a Berlin court for war crimes for posing with the decapitated heads of two fighters from the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), before sharing the images online.

On 1 March 2017, he was sentenced to 20 month imprisonment.