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Turkey jails British ex-soldier over 'terror' links

AFP  |  Ankara 

A has sentenced a former British soldier to seven-and-a-half years in jail for alleged links to a that considers a "terrorist" group.

was arrested in July 2017 while holidaying in after he posted photos of himself in camouflage and posing next to fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in

A court in the western city of sentenced him for "membership of a terrorist organisation," the private DHA agency said.

The is an ally of the in the fight against the Islamic State in But is hostile to the because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in

Robinson did not attend the trial for health reasons, DHA said. He is currently on bail and planning an appeal.

His Bulgarian fiancee, arrested along with him, was also sentenced to nearly two years in jail for "terrorist propaganda," but she is currently in Britain, DHA said.

According to British press reports, the 25-year-old Robinson is a former soldier who served in in 2012 and went to in 2015 to work in the YPG's health unit.

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First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 23:50 IST