Iraq trial of Briton and German for antiquity theft adjourned

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BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court on Sunday adjourned for two weeks the trial of a Briton and a German man accused of trying to smuggle antiquities after a defense lawyer called for more investigations. اضافة اعلان

James Fitton, 66, a retired British geologist, and Volker Waldmann, 60, a Berlin psychologist, have been in custody since they were arrested on March 20 at Baghdad airport as they wound up their holiday.

According to statements from customs officers and witnesses, Fitton’s baggage contained 10 stone fragments, pieces of pottery, or ceramics. Waldmann allegedly had two pieces, but denied they were his. The two men did not know each other before they traveled to Iraq on an organized tour, and both say they had no intention of breaking the law.

The trial was adjourned until June 6 to allow time for further investigations, at the request of Waldmann’s defense lawyer, Furat Kuba.

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