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Saturday 26th
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

A FORMER British soldier who fought against Isis in Syria has been charged with terror offences in Turkey, it was reported yesterday.

Joe Robinson was arrested on the beach while on a family holiday in the Turkish resort of Didim last month.

Mr Robinson travelled to Syria where he joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) which led the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against Isis.

Turkey has demanded the US drops its support for the YPG, accusing it of being the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which it deems a terrorist organisation.

Mr Robinson has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation according to his solicitor, who said his partner Mira Rojkan has been charged with spreading terrorist propaganda for sharing pro-Kurdish posts online.

His solicitor said that he was being kept in his cell for 23 hours a day and his family have written to Prime Minister Theresa May appealing for her to intervene and secure his release.

British-based group the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign spokesman Mark Campbell told the Star: “Unfortunately, Joe went on holiday to Turkey not realising the kind of state it has now become.

“Increasingly Turkey, rather than a ‘Paradise Preserved,’ is fast becoming the ‘Republic of Fear’ with ordinary people being regularly jailed for their tweets and Facebook posts.”

He said it was time to boycott holidays to Turkey and demanded an end to arms sales and the release of Joe Robinson, Mira Rojkan and all political prisoners.

An online petition demanding Mr Robinson’s release has gained more than 3,000 signatures.

A Foreign Office spokesman said they were providing support to the family and were in contact with Turkish authorities.