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Iraqi trial delayed over mental health dispute

Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 15:35

Baghdad: Lawyers for a British security contractor accused of fatally shooting two colleagues are fighting a medical report stating he is mentally able to stand trial.

The legal appeal has postponed the trial of Danny Fitzsimons until August 04.

Baghdad criminal court judge Ali Abbas al-Yousif said on Sunday that doctors found Fitzsimons` mental condition normal.

But al-Yousif said a second panel of doctors will conduct another examination in response to Fitzsimons` appeal.

Fitzsimons is accused of shooting two colleagues, a Briton and an Australian, during a fight in Baghdad`s Green Zone last summer and then wounding an Iraqi while fleeing.

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

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 15:35

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