A BRIT who fought with Kurdish militia against Islamic State was cheered by supporters as he appeared in court charged with a terror offence.
James Matthews arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court to face a charge of attending a place used for terrorist training, under the Terrorism Act 2006.
The 43-year-old indicated a not guilty plea after the charge was put to him.
Represented by Joel Bennathan QC, Matthews, wearing black jeans and a brown leather jacket, spoke only to confirm his identity.
Matthews, from Dalston, east London, is due to next appear at the Old Bailey on March 1.
As he arrived at court he warmly greeted cheering supporters outside court, who then filled the public gallery for the hearing.
In March 2017, a 'Jim Matthews' was a signatory of an "open letter from British YPG fighters on London attacks" posted on a Kurdish news website.
In it they urged people not to give in to extremism of any kind following the attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester.
Last week, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "James Matthews, a UK national, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 14 to be formally charged with attending a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided for purposes connected to the commission or preparation of terrorism on or before February 15 2016 under Section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006."
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