Thursday, March 12, 2015

Interesting question in Switzerland

Johan Cosar
Here's an odd one: a Swiss citizen who formerly served as a sergeant in the Swiss Army, has been arrested for fighting against IS militants in Syria. So far, so good -- but this news account says he is to be charged in military court:
Johan Cosar, a Swiss citizen who has been fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, was arrested in Basel upon his return to Switzerland, accused of illegally fighting for a foreign army. 
The 32-year-old Cosar, who was born in St Gallen and grew up in Locarno, is currently free on bail but faces up to three years in prison if convicted of fighting for a foreign military force without permission, according to Swiss Public Television, RSI
Military justice proceedings against Cosar were launched last autumn while he was still in Syria. . . .
Military proceedings? Because he remains a Swiss reservist? Readers in Switzerland: can you help on this?

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