Syrian Kurdish leader released in Prague calls Turkish charges false

Pauline Gross
March 2, 2018

Czech authorities have released a prominent leader of Syria's Kurdish community who was detained in Prague over the weekend.

Turkey's ambassador to Prague Ahmet Necati Bigali expressed "sadness" with the decision.

"The special forces is in preparation for the new battle that is approaching", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told NTV news channel. Turkey is exercising its right to self-defence in Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on the basis of Article 51 of the UN Charter.

Muslim told Al Jazeera on Tuesday that he did not take the arrest warrant seriously in Europe prior to his detention.

"Nobody was taking it (charges by Turkey) seriously, I didn't know they would take it seriously here", Muslim said.

A Turkish attack helicopter was hit in northern Syria but was able to safely fly back to Turkey this afternoon, according to Kurdish media.

Syrian Kurdish leader released in Prague calls Turkish charges false

Muslim is wanted by Turkey in connection with a deadly attack in Ankara in February 2016.

Muslim said he had not yet decided where he would go next, but said he had permission to reside in EU-member Finland.

Czech diplomacy protested against Ankara's allegation that by its decision, Prague had violated worldwide commitments. "The extradition proceedings have not been concluded by this court decision".

Gul said the court's decision was due to political reasons, adding Turkey would "never accept this decision". "This decision has surely cast a shadow over our relations". "For us, Salih Muslim is a terrorist".

European Union diplomats and leaders have criticised the alleged misuse of extradition requests by Turkey and have accused the Turkish government of sliding towards the creation of an authoritarian state, citing the authorities' undermining of basic human rights while in pursuit of the Gulenist network that Ankara insists was behind the failed putsch two years ago.

These militants mainly belong to the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State (IS), the statement said.

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