Swiss citizen arrested for fighting against Islamic State

A Swiss man is facing up to three years in prison after he travelled to Syria to fight the Islamic State group.

Johan Cosar, born in Switzerland to parents of Syrian Christian origin, was arrested in Basel in February after his return from the Middle East. Details of his arrest emerged this week.

He had joined a Christian militia fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Those who travel to Syria to join Isil or other jihadist groups face arrest if they return amid fears they may launch terror attacks in Europe.

But so far most European countries have taken no action against the increasing numbers who are travelling to the region to join local militia fighting against the jihadists.

Mr Cosar helped train the Syriac Military Council, a 500-strong militia which defending the ancient Assyrian Christian minority from Isil, after travelling to to Syria as a journalist.

“I didn’t go to Syria intending to fight,” he said in an interview with the Swiss newspaper Le Temps before his arrest. “I found myself in the middle of a civil war, in a situation where you have to take up arms to protect yourself.”

Under Swiss law it is illegal for citizens to join any foreign military without government permission…

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  • Stronger Than Dirt

    Another insidious Swiss lefturd in authority strikes another blow against civility and decency. He was a sgt in the Swiss military and he provided some information to civilians in an attempt to prevent isil from slaughtering them, well done lefturds … too bad for him that he wasn’t a young girl that supports isil and their crimes against humanity.

  • BillyHW

    This is the equivalent of the Saudi’s punishing a woman for being raped.

  • Alain

    I may be the odd one out, but I do not see a problem with the Swiss law provided it is applied equally and fairly to all.

    • Frau Katze

      Times change. Switzerland can no longer be a neutral place, not after it has invited all nationalities to live there.

      They’re part of the world now and it’s time to drop the pretense of strict neutrality.

      If they wanted that, they should never taken in so many citizens from troubled places. (This guy’s parents are Syrian Christians). It is too late to play the isolationist card now.

  • simus1

    The Swiss elites tend to frown on their citizens offering any kind of help to poor people in foreign climes. Especially help to those who have rich powerful enemies.

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