Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Kurdish Syrian ex-leader Salih Muslim arrested in Prague

Kurdish Syrian ex-leader Salih Muslim arrested in Prague

The party, of which Muslim was the former head, accused the Turkish state of "demanding the arrest of individuals who are not citizens, without any legal justifications".

Turkey has officially requested the extradition of former Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Saleh Muslim from the Czech Republic, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday.

Muslum was put on Turkey's most-wanted list earlier in February with a $1 million reward.

Turkey sees the YPG and PYD as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which for over three decades has waged an insurgency against the Turkish state and is banned by Turkey, the USA and the European Union as a terror group. Interpol would not comment Monday on whether Turkey had sought such a notice and was denied.

Muslim was detained in Prague on February 24 on a warrant from Ankara.

The PYD is the political arm of the YPG, which is a Syrian offshoot of the PKK. The French leader added that France's monitoring of humanitarian access and chemical weapons is "total and permanent", Macron's office said.

Speaking on broadcaster NTV in capital Ankara, Bozdag said Muslim had been plotting terrorist attacks against Turkey and the Turkish Justice Ministry had delivered extradition request to Czech authorities.

Muslum was expected to appear before a Prague court on Tuesday, which would then decide if he would remain in detention, Turkish Ambassador in Prague Ahmet Necati Bigali told Turkey's Anadolu Agency.

In a statement Sunday, the PYD party insisted that the prominent Kurdish figure has "full citizenship rights" as a Syrian and was in Europe to conduct official business engagements.

On Jan. 20, Turkey launched "Operation Olive Branch" to clear YPG militants from Afrin in northwestern Syria.

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