Prague Court releases former Syrian Kurdish leader

A Prague court has released former leader of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim after he was detained in the Czech capital at Turkey’s request, Muslim’s lawyer told reporters on Tuesday.

The court’s spokesperson told Sputnik that the court’s official ruling would be published later.

On Sunday, Muslim was detained in the Czech capital. The decision to arrest him was made by the Interpol’s office in the Czech Republic on February 24 on the basis of Ankara’s request. Ankara considers the PYD, a Kurdish political party in northern Syria, an affiliate of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terror organization in Turkey.

The Turkish Interior Ministry added Muslim to the list of most wanted terrorists on February 13, saying that it will give over $1 million for any information that may help to find the former Kurdish leader’s location.

In November 2016, Turkey issued an arrest warrant for Muslim as he was assumed to be involved in staging an assault in Ankara in February 2016 that left 27 Turkish militaries killed. The former PYD leader denied the accusations.


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