Pilgrims provides safe passage for Fitzsimons’ family members to son’s trial in Iraq
Pilgrims Group has helped the family of incarcerated ex-soldier Danny Fitzsimons attend their son’s trial in Iraq.
Accused of murder, Danny Fitzsimons was being held in Iraq’s Karadt Mariam police station when his family lost all hope of seeing their son.
When no other companies would assist, Pilgrims offered the Fitzsimons family a low cost solution that ensured their safe passage in Iraq by providing secure accommodation, transport to and from the airport and safe passage to and from the courthouse where their son was being held.
His family had not seen Fitzsimons since he flew to Iraq to work as a security contractor for another company in August 2009. They wanted to see their son before a verdict on the trial was reached, but required security assistance to ensure their safety.
A campaign by the Fitzsimons family to bring Danny back to the UK based on his history of mental health issues had been ignored by the British Government, while requests for support from major security firms had hit a brick wall leaving them with very few options.
A £9,000 contribution had been made by the company that originally employed Fitzsimons to work in Iraq, but money alone was not sufficient for the family to make such a high profile trip.
Importantly, specialist understanding of the city of Baghdad was required.
Deserving of assistance
Bill Freear, the managing director of Pilgrims, told The Independent newspaper that while he could not comment on the events that led to Fitzsimons’ imprisonment, he also recognised that Fitzsimons’ family were “completely innocent” and deserved assistance to see their son.
Freear went on to say: “While Pilgrims is not as large as some of the big private security companies, we have always operated in an ethical manner and have always been able to sleep at night.”
He added that Pilgrims had the capability to help, and was pleased that the company was able to do so.
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