February 27, 2018 / 2:00 PM / 2 years ago

Syrian Kurdish leader released in Prague calls Turkish charges false

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Former Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Saleh Muslim said on Tuesday he had been aware of a Turkish warrant for his arrest but did not take it seriously, calling the allegations against him false.

Muslim was detained over the weekend in the Czech capital at the request of Turkey, which accuses him of disrupting the state and aggravated murder.

A court released him on Tuesday despite Turkey’s call for his detention pending an extradition request.

Muslim, who pledged to the Czech court to remain in the European Union pending further proceedings, told reporters he had not decided where he would go next. He added he had permission for residency in EU member Finland.

Reporting by Robert Muller; Writing by Jason Hovet; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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