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ArmorGroup Security Guard,Danny Fitzsimons, escapes Death Penalty in Baghdad

People with PTSD can have “heightened levels of physiological arousal,” such as elevated heart rates even though they are not in real danger, Baldwin said.

“Because they feel unsafe, they’re more likely to be triggered into a defense state that might get them out of a traumatic experience that isn’t really happening,” he said.

“During this type of event, you think that your life or others’ lives are in danger,” Baldwin said. “You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.”

From Learning to Live Again

The Guardian UK Monday February 28, 2011  12:50 GMT

Danny Fitzsimons avoids death penalty and lawyers press for reduced sentence to be served in UK

Clive Stafford Smith, Reprieve’s director, said: “If G4S had done the proper checks and risk assessments when Danny applied to work with them, they would have quickly seen that he was suffering from serious PTSD, a consequence of loyally serving his country.

Danny Fitzsimons leaves the Iraqi court where he received a 20-year jail sentence for murder. Immunity for foreign contractors was lifted in 2009. Photograph: Karim Kadim/AP

A British former soldier has been jailed for 20 years by the supreme court of Iraq for the murder of two fellow security contractors, becoming the first westerner to be convicted in the country since the 2003 invasion.

The family of 31-year-old Danny Fitzsimons expressed relief that he had escaped the death penalty and asked Iraqi authorities and the UK government to ensure his safety in prison. Defence lawyers indicated they would try to get the term reduced.

Before his conviction and sentencing in a hearing lasting less than 30 minutes, there had been talks over whether he could be transferred to a British prison. Fitzsimons’s family and campaigners fear for his safety if he is moved outside Baghdad’s Green Zone to the city’s Rusafa prison.

Fitzsimons, from Middleton, Manchester, was accused of shooting fellow Briton Paul McGuigan and Australian Darren Hoare in Baghdad, colleagues with the UK security firm ArmorGroup, part of G4S, after an argument in the Green Zone in August 2009. He was also accused of wounding an Iraqi guard while fleeing. The incident happened within 36 hours of his arrival in the city. He had worked in the country before.

Fitzsimons admitted shooting the men but claimed it was in self-defence. The colleagues had been out drinking and the other two tried to kill him during an altercation, he said. Fitzsimons claimed to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

As he was led from the courtroom by Iraqi guards, he told reporters he was happy with the sentence. Asked whether he thought the trial had been fair, he said: “No.”

In an interview before the sentence, he told the Independent he had been treated “like a dog” in court.

Fitzsimons’s family and his British lawyer, John Tripple, who attended a court session last week, were not present at the hearing. His Iraqi lawyer, Tariq Harb, said: “This is a very good sentence. I saved him from the gallows.”

He told the Guardian he would appeal within 30 days. “I expect the sentence can be lightened to 15 years. The Iraqi law is independent and it is very fair.” Please read the entire story here

February 28, 2011 - Posted by | ArmorGroup, Civilian Contractors, G4S, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. You will be hunted, slaughtered and torotured..You peice of S#*&,You weak gutted moron. You were the worst solider known throughout the PSC world and your home country and even worse In Iraq…We know who you are bronze… i pity you when the pain begins son…

    Comment by dan kels | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. You’re a piece of shit ! and deserve to swing ! Darren Hoare wasn’t drinking that night. I hope you do live in fear. Your day will come shithead !
    You have to be the worst excuse for a PSC professional in the industry.
    Oderint Dum Metuant !

    Comment by Carl LJ | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. He deserve to swing, but he should do the full 20 yrs in Iraq, He another example of the sort of bloke, that gives us all a bad name. Hope he dies in nick the wanker

    Comment by john | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  4. ‘was the trial fair? No was his reply,, oh thats ok then!,maybe the courts should have sentanced him to a full month on safari then,or maybe a full inclusive holiday to the bahamas,Get a f**king grip he killed 2 good unarmed blokes in a boozed up banter,i have had the misfortune of working with this arsehole 6yrs ago,the idiot was a loose cannon then,struted about as if he owned the place living off the reputation of the older generation british soldier,you then ask the authorities to ensure your safety,what?,,for 100% murdering 2 collegues, your family asks to keep you safe aswell,maybe the families of the guys you killed should have the final outcome of your pathetic little life,all in a nut shell arsehole,you’re a failed soldier,a failed CPO & a failiure to the human race,25 20 or even 15 yrs sentance is a joke,you should have swung from the begining,may the Gallows be forever ready & waiting for your lights out !!

    Comment by Nel | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  5. hope you die soon prick, be forever dry bum raped in iraqi jails……….

    Comment by paul | March 1, 2011 | Reply


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