Court To Rule On Detention Of Salih Muslim

PYD, Saleh Muslim, Turkey

Prague, Feb 26 (CTK) – Jaroslav Pytloun, a judge of the Municipal Court in Prague, will decide on whether to take into custody Kurdish leader Salih Muslim, whose extradition is demanded by Turkey, on Tuesday, court spokeswoman Marketa Puci told journalists today.


She confirmed that Muslim was the foreigner detained by the Prague police on Sunday.


Last year, Pytloun ruled that Russian Yevgeniy Nikulin, facing hacking charges in the USA, could be released both to the USA and Russia, where he is accused of online theft, Puci said.


She said the proposal of the Prague State Attorney’s Office to take Muslim into custody had reached the court this afternoon.


The proposal is based on a warrant of arrest issued by the Supreme Court in Ankara for the Syrian national.


In both cases, the final decision will be made by the justice minister.


Turkey has not officially asked for Muslim’s extradition, but it has announced that it will seek it.


Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has denoted Muslim as a leader of a terrorist group.


The warrant of arrest relates to several crimes, including murder and attack on national integrity.


Until last year, Muslim was in the leadership of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the driving Kurdish political force in northern Syria. Turkey says the PYD is a part of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), it denotes as a terrorist organisation.