Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Killings case man on trial in Iraq

Daniel Fitzsimons is accused of shooting dead two fellow ArmorGroup employees in Baghdad
Daniel Fitzsimons is accused of shooting dead two fellow ArmorGroup employees in Baghdad

The trial of a British security contractor charged with killing two of his colleagues in Iraq last year has opened in Baghdad.

Danny Fitzsimons, from Middleton, Manchester, is the first Westerner to go on trial in an Iraqi court since a 2009 US-Iraqi security agreement lifted immunity for foreign contractors.

Fitzsimons was at the hearing which adjourned the trial until January 23.

He has been charged with shooting and killing two contractors - a Briton and an Australian - during an argument inside Baghdad's fortified Green Zone in June last year and wounding an Iraqi while fleeing.

All three men were working for the British security firm ArmorGroup Iraq.

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