Ex-UK soldier facing seven-year jail sentence in Turkey begs for government's help

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Ex-UK soldier sorry... current potential war criminal, facing seven-year jail sentence in Turkey begs for government's help, after a stint fighting in Syria

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Joe Robinson asserts he has not committed any crime and pleads for help from the British government as he appeals his sentence.

A former British soldier facing jail in Turkey for allegedly fighting with Kurdish forces against IS has issued a plea for help from the UK government.

Joe Robinson was arrested while on holiday in Turkey last year for allegedly fighting alongside the People's Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG) in Syria.

Turkey is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.

Robinson, who faces more than seven years in jail, told Sky News he worked as a combat medic in Syria and "didn't do any operations with the YPG".

"I was only in Syria for a month," the 25-year-old said. "I was only a combat medic. I helped treat injured civilians who'd been caught up in the fighting.

"'The rest of the time I was with the Peshmerga who are an internationally recognised army.

"I don't think I deserve to spend seven and a half years in prison for a crime I haven't committed.

"All I ever wanted to do was help people."

Robinson said he was arrested because someone had been stalking him.

He said: "A person that I didn't know, that has never met me, that was stalking me on Facebook and following me, sent an email to the police, making up all kinds of things, telling them that I was a terrorist, and all these sorts of things."

Robinson's interactions with the British government have been disappointing, he said.

The Foreign Office "doesn't seem very interested in my case", he said, as he pleaded with the UK to "help me - do something".

He added: "When we've pushed the Foreign Office, they've basically said they haven't had any discussions."

At the beginning of Robinson's "really hard ordeal" he spent four months in solitary confinement in a "high security prison".

"'I was kept in solitary confinement 23 hours a day," he said. "I was only allowed out for one hour a day to walk around in a small circle.

"I didn't really have any human interaction - I wasn't allowed to speak to or see my fiancee for the entire four months.

"I didn't even get to speak to my family for the first two-and-a-half months. And then it was only a 10-minute phone call once every two weeks."

Robinson said the case has left him "emotionally, mentally and physically drained" and that his mother has "recently had a psychotic breakdown".

While he is being held on bail, the former British soldier cannot leave Turkey or get a visa - meaning he cannot work.

However, he hopes the diplomatic ties between Britain and Turkey can help him.

"The relationship between Turkey and the UK is the best it's been for a long time," he said, "and I really think they could use that influence to help me get out of this situation.

"I served my government. I served my queen and country. I don't think I deserve to be in this situation, and I think I deserve for my country to give me the help that I need."

Now here's the interesting bit, no one has vouched for him as a former serviceman in either the Navy, RAF or Army and about the bit about serving queen and country, has he been on any operational tours other than being in a warzone (illegal armed militia which is recognised as a terrorist group by a legitimate government...

The part about being a combat medic is interesting, does he hold any recognised international qualifications in healthcare or could he simply not have volunteered with red cross/red crescent and had subsidized training?

Rather a bellend also going on holiday to turkey.

The YPG is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey but is not a banned group in the UK.

I'm pretty sure that we haven't seen the evidence used to incriminate him at his trial so can't say much but frankly he must be suffering a special needs disorder to think their is anything the FCO let alone HMG can do to intervene in this case... even if they wanted to...
 

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So if an ex-US soldier fought with PIRA in EIRE against them, then afterwards went on holiday to UK, do you think we wouldn't do the same ?
 
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Wouldn't he get arrested here?

 
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We're going around in circles, all discussed in previous thread.
 
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Now here's the interesting bit, no one has vouched for him as a former serviceman in either the Navy, RAF or Army and about the bit about serving queen and country, has he been on any operational tours other than being in a warzone (illegal armed militia which is recognised as a terrorist group by a legitimate government...
It's on his linkedin page, so must (may) be true! Apparently also has "advanced combat medical training," see below...

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Joseph (Joe) Robinson is most commonly know for his experiences, in 2015, fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), along side coalition ally Kurdish forces. Joe's recent experience in supporting frontline operations in the fight against ISIL, also commonly known as 'Daesh', makes him well-placed to advise on situation awareness and travel risk across the regions in Iraq and Syria which are occupied by Daesh.

Joe served in Her Majesty's Forces as an Infantry soldier with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. He successfully completed both basic and advanced infantry skills training with additional specialist training in urban and desert warfare tactics.

Joe subsequently deployed to Afghanistan where he utilised his extensive training which also included special weapons and tactics for explosives, mine clearance, stealth and dynamic entries into buildings and advanced combat medical training. Joe has also served alongside both Kenyan and British Special Forces on a three-month deployment in support of advanced training in East Africa, using some of the most technologically advanced simulation training weaponry available.

Joe is now focused on helping people, businesses and Non-Government Organisations in the Middle Eastern region to operate with paramount safety. Joe is currently studying a Humanities access diploma, with aims of completing a BA (hons) in Middle Eastern studies, and is seeking a career in human rights.

Joe wants to use his frontline experience, along with his strong advocacy for human rights, to raise awareness of human rights violations in the Middle East and help focus on rebuilding political infrastructure to war-torn countries in the Middle East.

Joe also works on a number of Projects within the UK helping to tackle Radical Islam and Islamic Extremism. Joe makes himself available to speak publicly about his eyewitness accounts and experiences of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daesh).
 
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The YPG is regarded as a terrorist organisation by Turkey but is not a banned group in the UK.
Be that as it may, they still aren't 'the good guys.'
 
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I expect he'll promptly escape from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Then, still wanted by the government, he'll survive as a soldier of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him ... maybe you can hire The M-Team.
 
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OT but that bloody movie has an appropriate scene for most scenarios!
The American version of The Life of Brian then?
Ref the OP, on his own admission, the man served with the Kurds in Syria. Hardly likely to endear him to the Turks. Maybe the Daily Mail will run a campaign to get him out for Christmas.
 

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So if an ex-US soldier fought with PIRA in EIRE against them, then afterwards went on holiday to UK, do you think we wouldn't do the same ?
Blair would have given him a Get Out Of Jail Free card.
 

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