The court said Sakanh had been active in Italy in 2011 and 2012 where he protested against the Syrian government.
Sakhanh’s arrest came after footage emerged of him taking part in in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria (he’s pictured above left)
Italian police helped investigators in Sweden to identify him via fingerprints and photos of him illegally entering the Syrian Embassy in Rome during a protest, according to the court ruling obtained by The Associated Press.
After his stint in Italy, Sakhanh returned to Syria before heading north to Sweden where he sought asylum in Sweden in 2013.
He failed to inform authorities about the executions and was given refugee status and permanent residence permit in early 2016.