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Sep 16 2018

Turkish court sentences former UK soldier to jail over links to YPG

A former soldier with the British army accused of being a member of the Kurdish armed group the People’s Protection Units (YPG), has been given a prison sentence, BBC news reported.

Joe Robinson, 25, who was arrested while on holiday in Turkey in 2017 and spent four months in a Turkish jail, is charged with membership in the YPG, which Ankara designates as a terrorist organisation. The organisation is not a banned in the UK.

The 25-year-old has been prevented from leaving the country since his release last November.

Robinson was given a seven-and-a-half year sentence but remains on bail, BBC reported, citing Robinson’s mother who received a phone call on Friday night from an official at the British Foreign Office confirming his sentence.

The former UK soldier is planning an appeal against his conviction, it said.