Turkey asks Sweden to detain Syrian Kurd ex-leader Muslim

According to the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Saleh Muslim is currently in Stockholm
Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim (C) is escorted by Czech police for his trial on February 27.
Thursday, 08 March 2018 17:55

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday that Turkey had delivered a protest note to Sweden demanding to arrest former leader of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim.

In early February, the Turkish Interior Ministry put Muslim on the list of extremely dangerous criminals. He is accused of having attempted to infringe on Turkey's integrity and unity and of a number of other serious offenses. The ministry has also offered a reward of $1 million for capturing Muslim.

According to Çavuşoğlu, Saleh Muslim is currently in Stockholm. There was no immediate comment from Muslim, or any details on his current location.

In late February, Muslim was detained in the Czech capital of Prague by the decision of the Interpol’s office in the Czech Republic upon Turkey’s request. A Czech court then released Muslim on the condition that he would come to the future court hearings and would not leave the territory of the European Union. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag slammed the decision, stating that it was made in "clear support of terrorism."

After his release, Muslim reportedly arrived in Germany, in this regard, on March 5, the Turkish Justice Ministry sent a note to the country, demanding Muslim's extradition.