Helsinki District Court slapped Rami Adham, known as the toy smuggler, with a 10-month prison sentence on Wednesday for a welter of crimes including registry entry violations as well as fundraising, accounting and forgery offences.
However the court dismissed charges of aggravated money laundering brought against Adham, who became a media darling over efforts to bring relief to people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Syria. Finnish-Syrian Adham earned the "toy smuggler" moniker for including toys among the items he took to the internally-displaced.
The court ruled that Adham did not have a permit to collect some 150,000 euros for the Finnish-Syrian Association and even after receiving a permit, went on to illegally gather another 160,000-plus euros.
The court found that Adham spent some of the funds he collected on a community allotment cottage in Finland and transferred some of the charitable donations to a bank account that he opened in Turkey. However the court said that these actions did not constitute money laundering.
Prosecutors had previously called for a prison sentence for Adham and argued that in addition to fundraising offences, he was guilty of money laundering.