The U.S. military arriving in Finland, under the auspices of the upcoming bilateral Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), will remain under U.S. legal jurisdiction, U.S. Ambassador to Finland Douglas Hickey said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Finnish national broadcaster Yle, Hickey explained that if a U.S. service member is accused of committing a crime in Finland, the case would be adjudicated in a U.S. court. The relationship of the U.S. military personnel and the Finnish criminal law has been a topic of discussion among the Finnish public, while Hickey said he is confident of the U.S. personnel’s behavior.
However, according to a report released in 2022 — ”Facing U.S. Extraterritorial Pressure: American Troops in Foreign Courts during the Cold War,” the involvement of U.S. troops overseas in crime was far greater than previously known, and in countries dependent on U.S.-provided security, U.S. troops were less likely to face trial.
A South Korean media outlet reported in 2017 that the non-prosecution rate for crimes committed by U.S. military personnel stationed in South Korea stands at a whopping 70.7 percent and the figure for violent crimes, including murder, rape and robbery, is even higher at 81.3 percent. Läs artikel