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2 Iraqis in Finland charged with war crimes

March 8, 2016

HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish prosecutor says he has brought charges against two Iraqis suspected of war crimes in their home country in 2014 and 2015.

Helsinki District Court Prosecutor Juha-Mikko Hamalainen says the cases, which are not connected, involve two men under the age of 30 who arrived in Finland last autumn.

Hamalainen said Tuesday that in both cases the men are suspected of defiling the bodies of dead enemy soldiers. He declined to give further details, pending the court cases expected to begin later this month.

Both men have denied the charges. If found guilty, they face a maximum sentence of life in prison, but Hamalainen said any punishment likely would be at the “lower end of the scale,” meaning a prison sentence of a few years.

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