Joel Bennathan QC’s client has terror charges dropped

A British ex-soldier accused of attending training camps run by militia fighting the Islamic State group has had the case against him dropped.


Joel Bennathan QC, defending, said Mr Matthews was "happy" at the decision but was entitled to a "full and proper explanation of what has happened here".


"We have always said the decision to prosecute Mr Matthews for fighting with the YPG [Kurdish militia forces] against Isis was extraordinary and totally unjustified," he said.


"Mr Matthews was always open about what he had done and it is baffling that the CPS took two years to decide to prosecute him, then seven months later they have suddenly realised there is not enough evidence to do so."


Read about this case further in the press here and here

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