British newspaper: Retired British geologist faces the death penalty in Iraq

30 April, 2022
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British newspaper: Retired British geologist faces the death penalty in Iraq

The British newspaper "The Independent" reported that a retired British geologist is facing the death penalty in Iraq after he was arrested at Baghdad airport on charges of attempting to smuggle antiquities, according to his family.


The British newspaper said that Jim Fitten, 66, will appear in an Iraqi court in May on charges of smuggling antiquities outside the country.


She noted that Jim Fitten picked up pieces of broken pottery after making sure they were of no value during a visit to a historic site, according to a petition calling on the UK government to help facilitate his release.


The newspaper added that Fitin, who lives in Malaysia, was arrested while trying to return to his country after touring Iraqi archaeological sites earlier this year.

In a petition to the British government, Witten's family said, "During his tour, Witten visited historical sites throughout Iraq, where his tour group found remnants of stones and broken pottery lying on the ground."


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