Ex British soldier arrested 'on terror charges' in Turkey

Ex British soldier arrested 'on terror charges' in Turkey

Former British soldier Joe Robinson who travelled to Syria to fight against ISIS is arrested while on holiday with his girlfriend in Turkey.

A former soldier who went to Syria to fight against ISIS is reportedly facing "terror charges" after being arrested in Turkey. Joe Robinson was detained along with his girlfriend and her mother while the trio were on holiday in the resort of Didim, on the Aegean coast.

It is believed he stands accused of sharing photographs of himself wearing a YPG uniform and other materials relating to the Kurdish militia - which were seen by Turkish authorities on Facebook.

Mira Rojkan, who has since been released, said police swooped as the three relaxed on the beach, confiscating their mobile phones, computers and other digital material before taking them away for interrogation.

Rojkan told The Guardian : "They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. "They wouldn’t say who it was from. It is absolute nonsense. They arrested us on the beach while we were vacationing with my mother.”

Turkish authorities said Robinson, formerly of Accrington, Lancashire, is being investigated in connection with "terrorist offences" and is likely to face charges, reports The Independent.

It has been reported the two women have since been released, but 23-year-old Mr Robinson remains in custody. 

During his time in Syria, Joe Robinson served as a combat medic alongside the YPG against ISIS militants.

The Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign said: "Unfortunately, Joe has gone on holiday to Turkey not realising the kind of state it has now become.

"Turkey unfortunately continues to criminalise the Kurdish question and has jailed tens of thousands of Kurdish people, including elected MPs and mayors simply for peacefully campaigning for Kurdish rights.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the detention of a British national in Turkey and have requested consular access." (EVRENSEL DAILY)