Jim Fitton: Jailed British geologist reunited with family

A geologist who was jailed in Iraq has been reunited with his family following his release.

Jim Fitton, 66, from Somerset, was accused of trying to remove artefacts from the country and was jailed for 15 years in June.

The court has since overturned his conviction and he flew to Malaysia to be reunited with his family on Friday.

Mr Fitton’s daughter Leila Tasker, from Bath, said the ordeal had been “worse than a nightmare”.

Fitton family

The retired geologist was arrested at Baghdad airport on 20 March, charged under a 2002 law against “intentionally taking or trying to take out of Iraq an antiquity”, which carries the maximum sentence of the death penalty.