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Ex-soldier held in Turkey on terror charges is innocent, parents insist

06:45 EDT 6 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

Ex-soldier held in Turkey on terror charges is innocent, parents insistA British solider arrested on holiday for fighting Isil was only in Syria "to help people", his parents have claimed, as they appealed for his release. Joe Robinson, 24, from Accrington, Lancs, was arrested on 22 July while on holiday in the town of Didim in south-west Turkey. He was accused of "being a member of a terrorist organisation", apparently in connection with time he spent in Syria fighting with the Kurdish militia in 2014, and was initially held alongside his girlfriend and her mother. Joseph Robinson Credit: Facebook They were released after six days, but Robinson remains in custody. “I just want information,” his mother, Sharon, 48, told the Guardian. “We don’t know if there’s a court date, how he is coping or what he’s actually being charged with. "I’ve asked if there’s any way we can get in touch with him but I’ve heard nothing at all. "I had no idea about the situation in Turkey and I don’t think Joe did either, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone there on holiday.” Robinson's father Andrew, 53, added: "We can’t get anywhere. I’m ringing Turkey and getting no response. "It’s not the Foreign Office’s fault – they’re ringing Turkey and Turkey aren’t telling them anything. "He’s only just managed to get an English-speaking solicitor after more than a week in custody.” Robinson's solicitor, Kaya Kayaoglu, who visited Robinson on Tuesday, told the BBC he was in jail in the town of Aydin, western Turkey. Joseph Robinson Credit: Facebook “He looked fine and in good spirits but we do not know when he will be taken to court,” he said, adding that it could take months for prosecutors to write an indictment. Robinson's girlfriend, Mira Rojkan, 22, said: "We were still wet and in our towels when about 20 armed plain-clothed police surrounded us and took us inside the house we were staying in. “They searched the house for more than an hour but found nothing except a water pistol we’d been messing around with the day before. “It was just awful. They said someone had sent them an email saying we were terrorists about to do something in Turkey. "That is complete rubbish. They said pictures on Facebook of Joe in Kurdish uniform proved he is a terrorist.” Sharon Robinson insisted her son was “not capable of anything like that”. “He’s impulsive, he’s crackers, but he’s not that. He’s a really good lad." A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of the detention of a British national in Turkey and have requested consular access.”              


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