Man in court for fighting Isis ‘with UK allies’
A former British soldier was in court yesterday facing an unprecedented prosecution under terrorism legislation for fighting against Isis in Syria.
James Matthews, 43, is thought to be the first person prosecuted under such legislation for assisting a group helped by the British government.
Matthews, who joined Kurdish forces to fight against Isis, was cheered by a crowd outside Westminster magistrates court as he arrived for a preliminary hearing. He has been charged with one count of attending a place used for terrorist training under the Terrorism Act 2006.
The offences relate to his time fighting with the Kurdish YPG. He previously appeared in a Channel 4 documentary called The Brits Battling Isis about his decision to join the battle against the jihadist group.
At the preliminary hearing, Matthews was granted conditional bail until his first hearing on 1 March. His lawyer, Joel Bennathan QC, said