Publicado: Sáb, Marcha 03, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Turkey: Czech release of former PYD leader is 'support for terror'

Turkey: Czech release of former PYD leader is 'support for terror'

He was detained in Prague at the weekend at the request of Ankara, which accuses him of aggravated murder and disrupting the Turkish state. "Muslim will be released", said Marketa Puci, a spokeswoman for the Prague Municipal Court.

The move has angered Turkey who had said they expected the Czech Republic to extradite Muslim to Turkey, where he is now on a most-wanted list for his involvement in the PYD, which the Turkish government regards as an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"Our request is for the extradition for Saleh Muslim - the manager of a terror organisation, a ringleader and who is still involved in terror actions against Turkey - as required by the law that binds us both", Bozdag told NTV broadcaster in an interview.

The US has been informed about Turkey's position on the Syrian Manbij district, the Turkish media reported March 1 citing the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey described the court ruling as political and against global law.

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The operation in Afrin - bordering Turkey's Hatay and Kilis provinces - was widely expected in the wake of Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria, which cleared Daesh terrorists from Turkey's border between August 24, 2016, and March 2017.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said: "Afrin is not mentioned there [in the United Nations resolution] ..." The court officials did not immediately comment on the hearing, which was held behind close doors. Muslim is expected to remain in Europe on the condition that he comply with further legal procedures. Turkey's ambassador to Prague, Ahmet Necati Bigali, told Reuters Turkey was "saddened" by the decision and that it could have political effects.

"We urge the U.S.to focus on stopping the regime from attacking innocent civilians instead of making statements that help terrorists", the statement said. "This decision has surely cast a shadow over our relations".

Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist group" with ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is also listed as a "terrorist" organization by the European Union (EU). He is accused of links to two deadly bombings in Ankara that killed dozens of people.

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