Former Kurdish ruling PYD Co-leader arrested in Prague

Lester Mason
Февраля 25, 2018

Former Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Müslim, who was being sought with a "red notice" by Turkey, was caught on February 24 in the Czech capital Prague, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Saleh was detained based on an Interpol red notice issued by Turkish authorities.

Muslim will be produced before a court, the officials said, adding Czech authorities would decide whether or not he would be remanded in custody.

Ankara views the PYD, and its military wing, the People's Protection Unit (YPG), and Women's Protection Units (YPJ), as a "terrorist" group and an extension of the outlawed PKK, a group fighting a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish government in Turkey.

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The sources also said the Turkish Justice Ministry would send documents to request the extradition of Muslim to Turkey from Czech Republic. He has denied any involvement in the attack.

A total of 1,931 PYD/PKK and ISIL terrorists have been "neutralized" since the beginning of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's northwestern Afrin region, the Turkish military said on Saturday.

Muslim was the co-chair of the PYD party, the major component of the coalition that runs autonomous parts of north Syria.

He was in Prague for a meeting supported by the United States and had been due to leave the city on Sunday, a Kurdish official told AFP.

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