Czech Court Orders Release of Top Kurdish Official Despite Turkey’s INTERPOL Red Notice Request

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Friday, March 9, 2018
Zarine Kharazian

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, a Czech court ordered the release of a top Kurdish official despite an INTERPOL Red Notice request submitted by Turkish authorities, the Czech News Agency reported. The official, Salih Muslim, 67, is the foreign affairs spokesman for the Movement for a Democratic Society, a polyethnic leftist coalition based in northern Syria and former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a prominent Kurdish opposition party in Syria. The Turkish government considers PYD a terrorist organization, alleging that the party has links to Kurdish insurgents that Turkey believes to be responsible for terrorist attacks that killed dozens in the country.