Ankara demands Germany to arrest, extradite former PYD leader

Turkish authorities have made a demand to Germany to arrest and extradite the former PYD leader Salih Muslum
Monday, 05 March 2018 17:42

Ankara has issued a second extradition request for Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of PYD, calling for his temporary detention and extradition from Germany. 

Muslim was detained in Prague last week at Turkish authorities' request. A Czech court later ruled for his release, a move the Turkish AKP government described as political, against international law and "clear support for terror". 

The Turkish government considers the PYD a terrorist organisation and says Muslim is linked to two bombings in the capital Ankara. Muslim has said the allegations are false.

A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant for Muslim, and asked the Interpol to issue a red notice against him. The Turkish Interior Ministry had offered a bounty of nearly $1 million on Muslim who is listed as a most wanted terrorist. 

According to state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkish authorities sent the documents regarding the court decision to Germany on Friday, and demanded his arrest and extradition to Turkey.