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Former PYD/PKK leader arrested in Czech capital

February 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

Kurdish leader Salih Muslim at Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin, Germany on November 18, 2014 [Flickr / Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung]

Former co-leader of PYD/PKK Salih Muslim has been arrested in the Czech capital, said Turkish security officials on Sunday.

Muslim was arrested in Prague on Saturday, said the officials on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The arrest came after Turkey called on the Czech Republic to arrest the former terrorist co-leader and sent warrants for his arrest to Prague, they added.

The Turkish Interior Ministry had offered a bounty of nearly $1 million on Muslim who is listed as a most wanted terrorist.

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Muslim will be produced before a court, the officials said, adding Czech authorities would decide whether or not he would be remanded in custody.

The Czech authorities also asked Turkey to submit the necessary documents for Muslim’s extradition.

Turkish security officials and the Ministry of Justice have begun the administrative process for the extradition of Salih Muslim.

The PYD/PKK, a Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.