Iraqi “refugee” on trial for war crimes in Germany
An Iraqi ex-soldier on Wednesday appeared before a Berlin court charged with war crimes.
Rami K. is accused of posing for photographs with the decapitated heads of two fighters from the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), before sharing the images online.
The 28-year-old came to Germany seeking refuge in 2015, the same year hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, Syrians and others did the same. He lived in the capital before being arrested last August.
The photos are believed to have been taken in March of 2015, while he was fighting in the Iraqi army against IS near the town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.
K. has defended himself before the court, saying he was ordered by his superiors to pose with the heads. He told judges, via an interpreter, that “had I disobeyed the order, the punishment would have been execution.”
Not sure that “only following orders defense” is gonna go over well in Germany.