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Danny Fitzsimons expected in Court in Baghdad

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 21, 2010

Briton in Iraq court over killings

A former British soldier accused of murdering two colleagues during a drunken row in Iraq is due to appear at a Baghdad court.

Former paratrooper Daniel Fitzsimons, 33, is accused of shooting fellow British private security guard Paul McGuigan, 37, and Australian Darren Hoare, 37, after a row in a bar inside a compound in the Iraqi capital in August last year.

Fitzsimons, originally from Rochdale, Lancashire, and the two other men were working for the British private security firm ArmorGroup.

Interior ministry spokesman Major General Abdul-Kareem Khalaf said Fitzsimons could face the death penalty or life imprisonment if convicted of murder.

A spokesman at the UK’s Baghdad embassy confirmed Fitzsimons was appearing in court, but was unable to give further details.

Family and friends have said Fitzsimons is suffering mental torment from the things he witnessed while serving eight years in the British Army, including tours of duty during the Balkans conflict and in Iraq.

His lawyers, John Tipple and Nick Wrack, were attempting to have him extradited back to the UK to face any charges.

2 Responses to “Danny Fitzsimons expected in Court in Baghdad”

  1. TO ALL CONCERNED WHAT A TRAGIC END A CHILD I KNEW FROM BIRTH AND FOLLOWED HIS SHORT LIFE. MET HIS FAMILY WHEN ALL THE CHILDREN WERE TINY TOTS AND KEPT IN TOUCH EVER SINCE. SUCH A LOVING FAMILY. TO THE PERPETRATOR DO YOU REALIZE WHAT LIFELONG GRIEF YOU HAVE CAUSED THIS FAMILY?????
    I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL

  2. Ty said

    He is a lowlife scumbag, he can stay in Iraq.

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