British security guard Danny Fitzsimons (Centre)
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Briton Danny Fitzsimons sentenced to 20 years in Iraq

A British security guard has been sentenced to 20 years in jail after being convicted by an Iraqi court of murdering two colleagues.

Danny Fitzsimons, 30, from Rochdale, admitted killing Paul McGuigan, from Peebles, Scotland, and Australian Darren Hoare in August 2009.

Under Iraqi law, a life sentence equates to a 20-year jail term.

Fitzsimons is the first Westerner to be convicted in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion.

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 28 Feb 2011
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