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Ex-British soldier freed from Turkish jail ahead of terrorism trial

A Turkish court has released a former British soldier from jail pending the outcome of his trial for alleged membership of a terrorist organisation.

Joe Robinson was arrested while on holiday in Turkey, accused of fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militia against the Islamic State group in Syria.

Lawyer Mehmet Baykara said the court in western Turkey ordered him to be released from jail on Friday on condition that he regularly reports to police. The trial was adjourned until March 12.

His girlfriend, a Bulgarian citizen, who is accused of engaging in terrorist propaganda, was released on bail earlier.

Turkey considers the militia group a terror organisation because of its outlawed Kurdish rebels in Turkey.

Robinson denies fighting alongside the militia, insisting he travelled to Syria to provide medical aid.

AP

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