For this reason, Finland was ordered to pay the daughter EUR 20,000 in compensation for human rights violations, but the government has stated that it will not pay compensation due to the criminal investigation.
Ionia Streng, the daughter ‘s counsel, confirmed in court that her client and her husband had fraudulently claimed that the asylum seeker had died, but denied that the fraud or forgery had worsened.
“Taken as a whole, the infringement did not worsen, given my client’s subordinate position in the family and the actual opportunity to take another course of action,” Streng stated Helsingin Sanomat in the Helsinki District Court on Monday.
The accounts of the daughter and her ex-husband are dramatically different. Although the woman has claimed that the plot had been machined specifically by men in the family, her ex-husband has stated that she had no knowledge of the fraudulent documents used to produce the asylum seeker’s death.
Streng described the woman’s upbringing as very patriarchal and stressed that her ex-husband had had the last word about the family living in Finland. The marriage ended in a safe house for women.
“Marriage was literally between a fist and a fireplace,” Streng said.
The prosecutor is not convinced that the woman played a passive role in misleading first the European Convention on Human Rights and later the Helsinki Administrative Court.
The idea of preparing for the death of his deported father arose after he had received his second negative asylum decision in Finland. The woman was thus in danger of having to leave the country against her will and her husband when he saw his wife and the mother of his children moving to Iraq.
Both defendants have been accused of gross forgery, as the forged documents were presented not only to the European Court of Human Rights but also to the Helsinki Administrative Court in 2017–2019.
Helsingin Sanomat also on Monday reported that the documents used to mislead the courts were incomplete and contain blatant errors: for example, the death certificate did not state the date of death, whereas all the documents were dated on the same day.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT