Brit Who Fought AGAINST ISIS In Syria & Iraq Charged With Terrorism Offence
A Briton who travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight ISIS has been charged with a terrorism offence and due to appear in Westminster Magistrates Court on February 14th.
James Matthews, 43, is charged with “attending a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided” for terrorist purposes.
Matthews’s case is one of the first in the UK where a terrorism charge has been placed on somebody who has actively been fighting against ISIS and thus is likely spark a big debate about how we should define terrorism and who we should punish.
In March, Matthews was a signatory on an “open letter from British YPG fighters on London attacks” which urged the British not to give in to extremism following a number of evil and deadly attacks over several days in Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “James Matthews, a UK national, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 14 February to be formally charged with attending 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 under Section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006.”
Matthews also appeared in a Channel 4 documentary titled ‘The Brits battling ISIS’ which looked at his fight against the Islamist militant group in the Middle East.
He said: “What really jolted me was a photo I saw on Facebook of an ISIS fighter holding up the severed head of a woman,” he said.
“It seemed like one of the most single evil things I’ve ever seen and it affected me quite a lot.”