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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court has freed on bail a British citizen facing charges of joining a terrorist organisation, Turkey's Ihlas news agency said on Friday.

Joseph Robinson, a former British soldier, is accused of fighting with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. He was arrested in July while on holiday in the southwestern Turkish town of Didim, Ihlas said.

Robinson denies the charge and said during his defence at an initial hearing that he went to Syria to help provide medical assistance to victims of the civil war there, Ihlas said.

Turkey considers the YPG to be an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s southeast and is designated a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union as well as Turkey.

Robinson faces a jail sentence of up to 10 years if found guilty, local media said.

His Bulgarian fiancee, who is accused of terrorist propaganda in the same case, was released before the start of the trial but imposed with a travel ban.

The next hearing in the case is set for March 12.

(Reporting by Omer Berberoglu; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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