Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested early on Sunday

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested early on Sunday

25 February 2018 Sunday 20:24
Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

By Azania Post Reporter

Authorities in Czech, acting on a warrant issued by Turkey, arrested a prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader in the country’s capital Prague.

Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested early on Sunday.

Justice Ministry in Turkey has said it has begun efforts to have Muslim extradited.

Mr. Muslim is viewed as a terrorist in Turkey, which offered $1 million for his arrest.

He has been indicted over a February 2016 bombing in Ankara that targeted a convoy of shuttles at the military headquarters during the evening rush hour, killing 37 people.

"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.

The Turkish government regards the PYD as an offshoot of the armed PKK group. It sees the PYD and its associated militia, the YPG, as terrorists.

Turkey is currently carrying out a major military campaign against Syrian Kurdish fighters in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

BBC

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