Briton leaves Iraq after antiquities conviction quashed

HACKNEY: A retired British geologist jailed in Iraq of antiquities smuggling has been freed and has left the country, personnal family said Sunday.
Jim Fitton, 66, was in fact sentenced in June to fifteen years in an Iraqi prison. A Baghdad appeals courtroom overturned the conviction but last week ordered his introduce.
Fitton has now as much as reunited with family when Malaysia, where he lives. Son-in-law Sam Tasker said Fitton arrived at Kuala Lumpur airport terminal on Friday, and the children was “absolutely over the moon fase. ” Fitton missed the wedding of his daughter Leila and Tasker in May although he was imprisoned.
Fitton was arrested in Stroll at Baghdad Airport and as a result charged under antiquities law regulations that carried the possibility of their death sentence.
Your partner’s case drew international awareness after he was convicted pointing to picking up shards of pottery and other fragments from an traditional site in southern Iraq while on an organized geology and archaeology tour. Fitton told the court he was had no criminal aiming, and some of the pieces this person picked up from an unguarded internet were no larger than an absolute fingernail.

Volker Waldmann, who was arrested combined with Fitton, was also accused out of stealing antiquities but was  aquitted at trial.

Many feared currently the incident would deter tourist alike from visiting Iraq, wherein the government hopes to grow the main nascent tourism sector.
Frustrated by perceived inaction from the British government, Fitton’s family started a petition that garnered more than 400, 000 signatures.
Tasker said the public support turned out “evidence that the actions of those unfortunate can move the must be in situations like this, you stimulated us on when we were struggling to find hope. ”
“We as a family doesn’t again doubt the rewards of strangers, ” cherished said.


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