Former Bri­tish sol­dier con­victed

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

An ex-Bri­tish Army sol­dier who fought for Kur­dish forces against so-called Is­lamic State (Isis) in Syria has been given a prison sen­tence in Turkey, his mother says. Joe Robin­son, 25, from Leeds, was ar­rested while on holiday in 2017 and charged with ter­ror­ism of­fences. He was ac­cused of be­ing a mem­ber of the Kur­dish armed group the YPG, which Turkey views as a ter­ror­ist group. Robin­son was given a sev­e­nand-a-half year sen­tence but re­mains on bail. He is plan­ning an ap­peal against his con­vic­tion. His mother Sharon Chime­jczuk said she had re­ceived a phone call on Fri­day night from an of­fi­cial at the Bri­tish For­eign Of­fice con­firm­ing his sen­tence.

Joe Robin­son plans to ap­peal

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