Danish Defence investigating trophy photos

Christian Wenande
July 7th, 2015

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Seven soldiers recalled from Iraq as part of inquiry

Denmark is among the countries with the most fallen soldiers. (photo: Forsvaret.dk)

Several Danish soldiers have been recalled from Iraq and questioned because they’ve been in possession of photos of war casualties that have a trophy character to them.

According to defence auditor Jan Mortensen, seven soldiers have been recalled because they’ve either known about the photos or have been in possession of them.

“Some photo material has turned up among the Danish personnel in Iraq,” Mortensen told DR Nyheder.

“I don’t want to go into details, but they show the victims of the war. We need to find out what sort of photos they are, where they’ve been taken and who has taken them.”

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A duty to report
One of the photos in question apparently portrays a corpse that has been tied to the front of a car bonnet.

Mortensen said that the photos are supposedly not taken by the Danish soldiers, but by some of their co-operation partners.

But Danish soldiers are duty-bound to report if they see any evidence of actions that go against humanitarian law.

If this is the case the soldiers can risk anything from a stern warning to actual punishment. The soldiers were questioned last week and none are currently charged or suspected of any wrongdoing.


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