A HERO ex-soldier says he has been “treated worse than ISIS” after he was arrested for fraud before a judge sensationally dismissed the case.
Alan Duncan, 53, who fought against the Islamic State in Syria, was dragged through the courts for three years and accused of faking post-traumatic stress disorder to pocket £15,000.
Alan served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders and Royal Irish Regiment[/caption]
He slammed Ministry of Defence bosses who claimed he must have recovered from the condition because he travelled to Iraq and Syria to battle ISIS as a volunteer fighter.
The Brit was set to face trial on Friday but the case was thrown out at the last minute due to a lack of evidence.
Alan, from Elgin, Scotland, said members of ISIS – such as Samia Hussein – have not even been charged on their return to Britain.
He said: “There are members of ISIS who have been allowed to return to the UK and are walking the streets as if nothing happened.
“Yet I’m the one who’s been called a fraudster and had it hanging over me for three years.
“I’ve been treated worse than ISIS, all because I wanted to do the right thing.
“What did I do to deserve this? I fought for my country because I believe in it.”
Alan joined the armed forces straight out of school and served with the Queen’s Own Highlanders and Royal Irish Regiment.
Alan Duncan has been cleared of pension fraud after being accused of ‘faking’ PTSD[/caption]
He left with a £70-a-week pension after being diagnosed with PTSD back in 2003.
The Gulf War and Northern Ireland veteran decided to sign up with Kurdish Peshmergas to fight ISIS.
But in 2017, MoD cops hauled him away in handcuffs and quizzed him for hours.
It was thought the case would never reach court, but it finally went before a judge for the first time last year.
Alan, who considered suicide because of the arrest, said: “They almost broke me.
“My own country, the people I fought for because I believe in justice, almost defeated me. They nearly did what IS couldn’t do.”
Last week, prosecutors tried to have the case postponed until spring 2021.
However, when it was called at Elgin Sheriff Court, fiscal depute Karen Aitken said there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
After the hearing, Alan’s lawyer Brent Lockie said: “The case is over. Alan has been wronged. The whole thing was a nonsense.
“I told him he would have to wait but it’s a pleasure to finally bring it to an end.”
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After his arrest, we told how Alan had been checked by an MoD doctor and told he still had PTSD, but at a less severe level.
He was then told he was no longer entitled to a weekly pension but was handed a £6,000 payout instead.
A Crown Office spokesperson said: “After careful consideration of the facts, the procurator fiscal concluded there should be no further proceedings.”
The MoD was asked for comment.