Former British soldier denies attending terror camps to fight ISIS

A former British soldier who fought Islamic State has appeared in court charged with a terror offence.

James Matthews, who is charged with attending a place used for terrorist training, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and entered a not guilty plea.

He is accused of 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.

The camps are believed to be run by Kurdish forces.

The alleged offences took place on or before 15 February 2016.

It is thought to be the first time anti-terror laws have been used to prosecute someone assisting a group, which is also being assisted by the UK Government.

In court, the 43-year-old from Dalston in east London wore black jeans and a brown leather jacket and spoke only to confirm his identity.

Supporters welcomed the man outside the court as he arrived before they filled the public gallery.

Matthews, who is being represented by Joel Bennathan QC, is now expected to appear at the Old Bailey on 1 March.

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