Former Swiss officer Johan Cosar on trial for fighting IS

Johan Cosar went to Syria not to fight for the Islamic State group, but against them. Now, the former Swiss army officer is facing a military tribunal back home.

He is charged with joining a foreign army and thus undermining Switzerland’s neutrality and security.

Mr Cosar makes no attempt to hide his actions and remains proud of them.

“The law forbids fighting for a foreign force,” an army spokeswoman said. “Who that force actually is, is irrelevant.”

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