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Turku terror hero gets conditional 22-month sentence for fraud, forgery, fundraising

Zubier was also ordered to pay the state around 13,500 euros of funds raised to help him overcome his injuries.

Hassan Zubier Image: Lehtikuva

Hassan Zubier, a tourist whose spinal cord was severed in the Turku knife attack three summers ago, was convicted of aggravated fraud, aggravated forgery and illegal fundraising crimes at Southwestern Finland's District Court on Tuesday.

The court sentenced Zubier to a conditional 22-month sentence for the offences. He was also ordered to pay the state around 13,500 euros of proceeds raised in his name on an online fundraising site after the attack.

Meanwhile a woman who had set up the fundraising campaign was also found guilty of participating in the fundraising crimes and sentenced to 25 day-fines, amounting to a total of 800 euros.

The court found that Zubier, a British national who resides in Sweden, had lied about his income during the perpetrator's terrorism trial, when he gave the court a forged employment document that stated he had lost income from a Swedish ambulance company as a result of the attack.

Last year Zubier admitted that he'd forged documents in his benefits application to the Finnish state, but denied the fundraising accusations.

Zubier was severely injured when he attempted to save the life of one of the stabbing victims at Turku Market Square on 18 August, 2017, and became known as a tourist who became a hero overnight.

In June 2018, the perpetrator of the stabbing attack, Abderrahman Bouanane, was found guilty of two counts of murder with terrorist intent and eight counts of attempted murder with terrorist intent, receiving a life sentence.