British man could face death penalty in Iraq

British man could face death penalty in Iraq

British man could face death penalty in Iraq
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Jim Fitton, 66, was on an archaeological excursion when he came upon some stone shards. His Bath-based children, Joshua and Leila, stated that he had “no awareness” that they were of “historic significance” The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has stated that it is assisting a British national in Iraq. According to Mr. Fitton’s family, the statutory penalty for unlawfully taking historical objects out of Iraq is execution.

“Everyone is really upset, and we are afraid,” Mr. Fitton’s son-in-law, Sam Tasker, added.

Mr. Fitton collected the remains from Eridu, a historically significant archaeological site in southern Iraq. The shards he gathered, according to his relatives, were “out in the open, unattended, and with no signs advising against removal.” Members of the tour were told that the fractured shards had “no commercial or historical value.”

“This was no more meaningful to him than taking home a little stone from the beach” Mr. Tasker explained.

Ms. Fitton stated that her father, who resides in Malaysia, was detained on March 20 when his tour group’s luggage was searched at the airport. At the same moment, a German guy on the archaeological excursion was caught. “I still can’t believe that Mr. Fitton is facing a possible death sentence. It doesn’t feel genuine” She continued.

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Mr. Fitton is expected to stand trial on May 7th, according to the family, and they are urging the Foreign Office to “make a difference” We have days to save him, and our lawyer has developed a plan for the lawsuit to be dropped, Mr. Tasker concluded. To be submitted to the Iraqi judiciary, the proposal must be supported by the Foreign Office. Wera Hobhouse, Mr. Tasker’s local MP in Bath, said she had asked the government to respond to the “very serious” matter.

“The scenario between Jim Fitton and his German equivalent is highly concerning” Ms. Hobhouse added. “I am determined to do all in my power to obtain Jim’s release by collaborating with the government,” Foreign Office minister Amanda Milling wrote to Ms. Hobhouse, saying, “We recognize the gravity of the situation, and have previously raised our concerns with the Iraqi authorities over the probable application of the death penalty in Mr. Fitton’s case” More than 50,000 individuals have already signed a petition to liberate Mr. Fitton.

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