Brit who faced death penalty in Iraq jailed for 15 years for trying to smuggle artefacts

A British bloke who collected 12 stones and bits of damaged pottery whereas visiting a website in Eridu, southeast Iraq, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Jim Fitton, 66, a retired geologist, took the items as souvenirs for his go to throughout an organised geology and archaeology tour, and Fitton’s household say they’re “shattered” by the outcome.

The daddy-of-two may have faced the death penalty beneath Iraqi regulation, however was as an alternative sentenced in court docket to 15 years in jail.

Fitton’s son-in-law, Sam Tasker, 27, has stated the sentencing is the equal “to a death sentence,” and has criticised the UK Authorities for their “whole lack of motion”.

Fitton has been jailed for 15 years in what his son-in-law has called the equivalent of a 'death sentence'
Fitton has been jailed for 15 years in what his son-in-law has known as the equal of a ‘death sentence’

Talking of the heartbreaking sentencing, Tasker stated: “We’re completely shattered by this information. For a person of Jim’s age, 15 years in an Iraqi jail is tantamount to a death sentence.

“Significantly for such a trivial and doubtful crime, against the law that Jim was not even conscious of when he perpetrated it.

“We’re utterly heartbroken that our personal finest efforts, a robust authorized defence and fixed campaigning, have led to this end result.

“We’re dissatisfied, certainly surprised, at our personal authorities’s whole lack of motion in this case to date.”


Fitton's son-in-law added he was surprised at the UK Government's 'total lack of action'
Fitton’s son-in-law added he was shocked on the UK Authorities’s ‘whole lack of motion’

The 27-year-old added: “We’re elevating an enchantment and can proceed to struggle for Jim’s freedom, and urge the federal government to assist us in each means potential and to open strains of communication with us at a senior degree.”

Tub’s Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse stated the sentence was “a devastating end result for Jim and his household”.

The Overseas Workplace has beforehand stated it can’t intervene with the judicial strategy of one other nation.

A German vacationer, Volker Waldmann, was arrested for the identical prices as Fitton and located himself acquitted and set to be launched.

Fitton and Waldmann had been held in Iraq since March 20, and regardless of the pair telling the court docket they’d not acted with felony intent, Fitton was sentenced to 15 years.

Choose Jabir Abd Jabir didn’t think about Mr Soud’s arguments of ignorance of Iraqi regulation, Sky Information stories.

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