Dutch police have arrested a former soldier suspected of killing Islamic State (Isis) jihadists while fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria last year, the prosecutor’s office said.
The 47-year-old man, who was not identified, was arrested on Wednesday in the eastern Dutch city of Arnhem and appeared in a Rotterdam court on Friday, where he was provisionally released.
“The man is a former soldier whose case was extensively reported on last year in the media and on Facebook due to his involvement in the fight against the Islamic State,” a statement said.
“Dutch law – apart from in exceptional circumstances like self-defence – does not give citizens the right to use force and particularly not deadly force.
“Killing an [Isis] fighter therefore could mean being prosecuted for murder,” the statement said.
Dutch media reports named him as Jitse Akse, who left for Syria in early 2015.
“When you see what they’ve done ... by killing a member of [Isis] I have probably saved dozens of lives,” he told a local newspaper from his northern Dutch village.
Visit the Justice for Jitse Facebook page.