left to right: Jac Holmes, Joe Akerman, Joshua Molloy / credit: KQ

24/04/2016 - 16:00 0
YPG Fighters Arrested in KRG Released

The three internationalist YPG fighters arrested in Iraqi Kurdistan after crossing over from Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) have been released following 10 days in prison in Hewler (Erbil).

Jac Holmes, 23, Joshua Molloy, 24 and Joe Akerman, 37 were arrested for crossing over into KRG territory with expired visas according to reports.

A post shared by Jac Holmes' mum on Facebook said the two Englishmen and Irishman were released this morning. A statement released read, "Jack's family and friends are grateful for all the help and support they've received during this difficult time and would like to thank everyone including the FCO and the KRG for their assistance in securing his release."

The KRG and particularly the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) have come under criticism for their treatment of foreign fighters crossing over into or from Rojava. Several fighters have been detained and imprisoned whilst others have been impeded from entering into Syria to fight in the ranks of the People's Protection Units (YPG).

Kurdish rights activist and writer Mark Campbell who helped the families of the arrested men said, "I am so happy that common sense has prevailed and these brave men have been freed and are able to return to their families. They deserve medals not prison and hope they will get apologies and the recognition they deserve."