Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim arrested in Prague on Turkey's request

01 March, 2018, 12:32 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Kurdish Syrian ex-leader Salih Muslim arrested in Prague

Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party, or PYD, was detained in the Czech capital of Prague on Saturday based on a Turkish request for his arrest.

Czech police confirmed that a 67-year-old man had been apprehended in Prague at the behest of Turkish Interpol, but did not specify the suspect's name. Ankara considers the main Syrian Kurdish political party an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK and had put many of its members, including Saleh Muslim on its most wanted list of "terrorists".

Muslim was listed as Turkey's most-wanted terrotist earlier in February with a 1 million Dollars reward.

Turkey has arrested 845 people over criticizing the offensive "Olive Branch" launched by the Turkish armed forces in Syria's Afrin, Diken reports. New "red notices" were issued on February 13, with officials offering just over $1 million for his return.

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"Upon finding the person in question was in the Czech Republic.it was demanded that he be captured and arrested to be extradited", the ministry said in a statement.

Bozdag said during a live television interview on Monday that Turkey's Justice Ministry had sent a "file" formally requesting his extradition.

Muslim was expected to appear before a Prague court on Tuesday, which would then decide if he will remain in detention, Turkish Ambassador in Prague Ahmet Necati Bigali told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. The YPG, which controls several enclaves in northern Syria, including Afrin, secured the territories from Islamist rebels and other extremist groups over the course of the Syrian conflict with the US-led coalition's backing.

Turkey deployed police special forces to the northwestern Syrian region of Afrin on Monday for a "new battle" in its five-week campaign against the Kurdish YPG militia, despite a United Nations call at the weekend for a ceasefire across Syria.

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