On Monday, the Helsinki District Court began dealing with a so-called EIT fraud case involving the false death of an Iraqi asylum seeker.
In its brevity, the case is as follows: in 2017, Finland denied an Iraqi man asylum, and according to the story, he was shot on the street in Baghdad shortly after his return to Iraq.
The story of the man’s death spread as such to the media.
The European Court of Human Rights The EIT found that Finland had violated the human rights treaty and ordered the state to pay the man's daughter almost 25,000 euros in compensation and legal costs.
Among politicians, Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo (Green) commented that the case was a disgrace to Finland.
In the light of the evidence, the Iraqi man is anything but dead.
The man's daughter and ex-son-in-law are now being charged with, among other things, gross forgery and gross fraud.
The false deceased himself has not been brought to trial in Finland, as he is still in Iraq.
He was interrogated by local authorities at the request of the Finnish police in October 2020.
Based on the interrogation, he denies knowing anything about the ongoing “play” that said he was dead.
He only found out when he found out why his daughter had not contacted him for a long time.
It turned out that the daughter had been arrested by the police.
- I do not know on whose initiative my death was to be staged, the man considered dead said in his interrogation.
- If my daughter has committed the said act, her husband must have threatened to kill, take the children away from her and blackmail her.
It is also clear from the pre-trial material that has become public that the man, believed to be dead, has long had an Instagram account through which he has kept in touch with his relatives living in Finland.
The latest photo update on the man’s Instagram account is from December 2020. The photo was apparently taken from a cafe.
The man's daughter and ex-son-in-law have admitted to knowing the man is alive, but neither admits to inventing the idea of staging death.
They blame each other for it.
- It was my ex-husband who thought to tune such plots.
It was a week after my father returned to Iraq, the daughter said during a police interrogation.
The daughter says she lied to the authorities under pressure from her then-husband.
Even though he knew the truth, he did not dare to reveal it.
- My family and ex-husband said that if I told you ahead, I would be returned to Iraq.
That's what I feared most in the world.
The former son-in-law denies the charges.
He says that he considered the man's death to be true for a long time. Photo: Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Lehtikuva
The woman's ex-husband denies the charges.
He says he only learned in early 2020 that the death of his cousin had been staged.
However, according to several witnesses, the first information about the death of the Iraqi man came specifically from him.
The story of the death was reinforced with forged Arabic documents: a death certificate, a police report, a progress report and an interrogation report.
The documents were presented to the media and used as evidence in the EIT.
According to the fakes, the man would have died on December 17, 2017 by people who were in Nissan Navara without a license plate.
Further, the forgeries reported that four cores had been found at the crime scene and that the deceased's father had visited the body in the morgue.
According to interrogation reports, the forgeries were made in Iraq and cost $ 200 - about 160 euros - per document.
According to the daughter, the rest of the family took care of ordering the fakes.
- My family knows someone in Iraq who works in an agency and is able to have these documents done.
Personally, I don't know this person.
During the police interrogations, the daughter admitted that the motive for staging the death was that she and her children would receive a residence permit from Finland and would not have to return to Iraq.
He said he didn’t guess how big the story of the invented story would swell.
- It wasn't until you came to arrest that I realized how serious I was in front of you, the woman told police.
He denies having pursued the scam for money.
He learned of the possibility of taking the matter to the EIT from his lawyer.
- My lawyer said that you can get a small fee for this.
I imagined it would be a couple of tons.
When the decision came and the lawyer told me what the amount of compensation was, I was in shock.
- I was confused, I was thirsting for life and freedom.
But I do know I did wrong.
The prosecutor is demanding absolute prison sentences for the false-dead daughter and her ex-son-in-law.