UK Arrested Man For Supporting Jihadis It Might Have Also Supported
The U.K. trial of a Swedish terror suspect collapsed after security services refused to say if they supported the same Syrian opposition groups.
Defense lawyers argued the same rebels their client fought with were also given weapons and non-lethal help from British intelligence services. Agencies “would have been deeply embarrassed had a trial gone ahead,” reports The Guardian.
Bherlin Gildo, 37, was arrested at Heathrow Airport while traveling from Denmark to the Philippines last October. He was accused of possessing jihadi material and attending a terrorist training camp between August of 2012 and March of 2013. “Images also showed him with guns and standing over dead bodies,” reports The Telegraph.
Gildo’s lawyers sought to pinpoint hypocrisy on the part of the British government, using press reports to argue intelligence services supplied weapons to the same rebels.
Charges against Gildo are not deemed criminal offenses in Sweden.
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