Feb 25 2018

Former PYD co-chair Salih Muslim detained in Prague

Salih Muslim, former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was detained on Saturday in the Czech capital of Prague, according to reports in Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu News Agency (AA).

Czech police did not immediately confirm the report.

The PYD has been a driving force behind the establishment of a de facto autonomous Kurdish-controlled region in Northern  Syria. The Turkish government considers it to be a terror organisation due to its links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been waging an insurgency in Turkey’s south-east since the 1980’s.

Earlier this month The Turkish Interior Ministry placed a bounty of $1 million on Muslim and placed him on their red list of most wanted terrorists.  

AA says Turkey is submitting an extradition request and that a Czech court will decide whether to extradite Muslim or release him. Czech authorities also requested that Turkey submit the necessary documents for Muslim's extradition.

A Kurdish official, speaking anonymously, said the former PYD leader was invited to Prague to take part in a conference held once every six months to discuss issues linked to the Middle East.