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Verdict delayed for ArmorGroup contractor accused of double murder in

Judge hearing trial of Daniel Fitzsimons orders clarification of post-traumatic stress disorder

Martin Chulov The Guardian UK  Sunday February 20, 2010

Sentencing of Daniel Fitzsimons, a British security contractor accused of murdering two colleagues in Baghdad has been adjourned until 28 February after a late intervention from his UK-based lawyer.

Judge Ali Yousef in Baghdad’s serious crimes court ordered further clarification of the term post-traumatic stress disorder, which is not recognised by Iraqi law but has been heavily relied on as a defence by Fitzsimons.

Fitzsimons has pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter with diminished responsibility, claiming he acted in self defence.

He is accused of shooting dead two fellow ArmorGroup security contractors, Paul McGuigan, a Briton, and Darren Hoare, an Australian, at a base inside Baghdad’s Green Zone in August 2009.

If convicted, he could face a death sentence.

John Tipple, for Fitzsimons, said he would push for a prisoner transfer agreement with the Iraqi government which would allow his client to serve any sentence in the UK.  Please see the original here

February 20, 2011 - Posted by | ArmorGroup, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Legal Jurisdictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , ,

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