2018-02-08 11:24:31 UTC
Briton who fought AGAINST Islamic State faces terror charge
This is the same as if any Brit tried to attack Nazis or kill Hitler in the
1930s. British Criminal INJUSTICE system would arrest and prosecute. But it
is consistent with the UK banning me from entering the country.
Briton who fought Islamic State faces terror charge
BBC, February 7,2018:
A British man who fought against so-called Islamic State is to be charged
with a terror offence.
Ex-soldier Jim Matthews, 43, of London, travelled to Syria and fought with
the Kurdish forces, the YPG.
Mr Matthews will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 14 February to
be charged with one count of attending a place used for terrorist training.
He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary - The Brits battling Isis - about
his fight against the jihadist group.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said Mr Matthews was alleged to
have attended "a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or
training was provided for purposes connected to the commission or
preparation of terrorism on or before 15 February 2016".
The offence comes under section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
This is believed to be the first charge of its kind in the UK.
It is estimated that since 2015 dozens of Britons have fought as
volunteers with the Kurds in Syria.
The YPG have been important allies of the West in helping to defeat
so-called Islamic State.
But terrorism laws in the UK prohibit engaging in violence for a political
or ideological cause.
It has so far been unclear how the actions of Britons fighting against
Islamic State would be treated by the British courts.
The government has long repeated warnings that fighting with any group
could lead to legal consequences.