A jihadist who walked free from a British trial after it was halted by MI6 has been jailed after posing with human corpses in Syria.
Accused Bherlin Gildo, 44, was found guilty of breaches of international law by Blekinge district court on 4th January in his native Sweden and jailed for four months.
Gildo – who has links to Al Qaeda – had claimed that he had been on holiday in civil war-torn Syria.
But one gruesome photograph shows him posing beside what appears to be a man’s dead body.
Another shows him kneeling with a gun, reportedly threatening men behind him.
The photographs have been used as propaganda for the Kataib Al Muhajireen, which was linked to Al Qaeda and where he was accused of being a member.
The photos – taken between 31st August 2012 and 1st March 2013 -were enough for the court to find him guilty.
Gildo arrived in Sweden from the Philippines in 1992 and lived with his mother and stepfather.
He had no brothers or sisters and had been arrested at London’s Heathrow airport in 2014 when travelling from Copenhagen to Manila.
He was accused of attending a terrorist training camp but the case collapsed when the prosecution offered no evidence.
His defence barrister Henry Blaxland said at the time that British intelligence agencies were supporting the same Syrian opposition groups that his client was linked with.
He said: “If it is the case that HM government was actively involved in supporting armed resistance to the Assad regime at a time when the defendant was present in Syria and himself participating in such resistance, it would be unconscionable to allow the prosecution to continue.”
The court case in Sweden against him went ahead after he was exposed by the journalist Per Gudmundson, who at the time of the incident blogged about Swedish jihadists in an article about Benoitzon with the headline ‘Swedish jihadist poses with human corpses in Syria’.