Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment


Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using





Salih Muslim arrested in Prague

By Rudaw 25/2/2018
Salih Muslim. Photo: AFP
Salih Muslim. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim has been arrested in Prague. 

Czech police confirmed they arrested a 67-year-old foreigner who was wanted in Turkey and he is currently detained. They did not name the person in question. 

In a statement released Sunday evening, the PYD General Council said: "We condemn this immoral and illegal act, carried out by the Czech authorities ... we call upon the Czech state to release Mr Muslim immediately, and to apologize for this immoral and illegal act."

On his Facebook page, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani urged authorities to release Salih, saying "intelligent dialogue and understanding is the best solution for issues."

The KRG’s counter-terrorism director Lahur Talabany tweeted: “Salih Muslim is a man of integrity working for peace in an unrelentingly volatile region. His arrest will jeopardize any hope for the peace process and reconciliation in the region. Dialogue must be pursued in seeking a resolution.”

Earlier this month, Turkey announced a $1 million bounty for the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the ruling Kurdish party in Rojava, northern Syria, and added him to the Interior Ministry’s ‘Red List.’

Ankara alleges that the PYD is a Syrian branch of the PKK, a named terror group. 

The PYD, which advocates the ideology of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan, has maintained that it is a distinct organization. 

Salih, a 67-year-old native of Kobane, founded the PYD in 2003 and served as co-chair of the party form 2013 to 2017, when he stepped down. 

He was a harsh critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On Saturday, he had tweeted images of children reportedly killed in Turkey’s operation in Afrin and captioned it “Turkey president – child killer.”

Turkey’s ‘Red List’ is commonly called the ‘terror list.’

Daily Sabah had reported that Muslim had spotted holding meetings in Prague’s Marriott Hotel. 

PKK-linked media outlet ANF reported that Muslim had been in the Czech capital to attend a conference. They state he was tracked by Turkish intelligence and that Czech police detained the Kurdish leader at Turkey’s request. 

Kurdish officials are endeavouring to secure his release, but Czech authorities have not responded yet, ANF stated.

The Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), the ruling coalition in Rojava led by the PYD, condemned Muslim’s arrest, describing it as “contrary to all international values and laws.”

“The Turkish state does not have the right to prosecute or arrest any person who is not their citizen. Mr Salih Muslim is a Syrian citizen," TEV-DEM stated.

Muslim’s spouse, Ayse Efendi, who is also the co-chair of Kobane’s people’s assembly said he is a politician and Czech authorities should release him immediately. 

"Salih Muslim is not a Turkish citizen... not a military figure. He is a politician and diplomat. He undertakes Rojava affairs. He went to take the voice of freedom, humanity and democracy to the world. The Czech state must take the responsibility and release Salih Muslim promptly," she told Ronahi TV. 

His arrest did not come as a surprise to her, however. She noted that people like Muslim are being arrested on a daily basis. 

"As his family we knew that there would be arrests, deaths and injuries committed by those betrayers who oppose freedom,” Efendi said.

A spokesperson for French leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon has condemned the arrest as “unacceptable.”

Noting that the PYD was part of the defences that have fought ISIS, Djordje Kuzmanovic called on French President Emmanuel Macron to pressure Czech authorities to release Muslim. 

Turkey’s TRT World reported that Czech authorities have asked Ankara to submit documents necessary for his extradition. 

Ankara has been lobbying European nations to take actions against the PKK within their borders.

Czech police said they will proceed in the matter according to their law on International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters. 

Updated at 11:30 pm


Data pager
Page size:
Ethan | 25/2/2018
Gel babosh gel
Waiting for better times | 25/2/2018
Time for Kurds to recognize their limitations and the absolute lack of support, and act accordingly : Wait, there will be a better time.
Mohamedzzz | 25/2/2018
40 million Kurds should do more, they can't sit and see how Turkey destroys their Lives, their dreams, and their existance, terrorist state Turkey will not stop it's aggressions against anything that says Kurd.
Lexin Gerilla Lexin | 25/2/2018
Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. The pathetic, weak Turks have all political power in the world, one of the largest armies, and have been trying to subdue stateless Kurds for a 100 years. And they have failed miserably. Turks are not warriors, they are savages. If Kurds had even 1% of Turkish military and political power, all of Turkey would now be Kurdistan. The time come that the weak, pathetic, genocidal Turks will pay for their crimes and savagery. This conflict will end with utter Turkish defeat. The Kurdish nation will end Turkic presence in Anatolia. From the Mongols to the Ottomans, within a century Turkish presence in this beautiful part of the world will just be a footnote of history.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 25/2/2018
The West's (hence Interpol's) knee-jerk allegiance to the Rule of Law is being used against it. The Western chattering classes have no grasp of the underlying issues. The surface assumption (about Rule of Law, not of Men) is utterly rational and correct, but they haven't the perception to look at what the principle is (necessarily) floating upon. ... The fundamental issue is the gradual maturation of human nature. We are not yet at the point where the impulse to fascism is regarded with the same disparagement as a child refusing to quit soiling its diaper. ... Yes, the West has become capable of living with Rule of Law. The problem arises when the West's chattering classes automatically assume that everyone else on the planet (such as in this case, a majority of Turkey's voters) is as "enlightened" as they are.
Post a New Comment
Comment as a guest or Login for more enhanced interactive experience

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

real ISIS | 3/21/2018 7:39:28 AM
this is real ISIS, Erdogan start showing his real face against kurds. he did in kobani than in afrin and now against kurds!!!
saiful haque | 3/21/2018 12:27:44 PM
Appeal to all muslims to excercise restrain and talk each other for peaceful ways. To Kurd Brothers/Sisters You have suffered hardship for atleast...
After Afrin, Erdogan vows to take fight across Rojava, into Iraq
| 19/3/2018 | (13)
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 3/21/2018 12:18:58 PM
The Norks were helping Iran building the reactor for the Assads. There are so many North Korean nuclear and rocket scientists in Iran that they have...
Israel declassifies 2007 strike against 'likely' nuclear site in Syria
| yesterday at 10:35 | (1)
saiful haque | 3/21/2018 12:12:56 PM
To Kurd Brothers/Sisters You have suffered hardship for atleast last century. The reason is Europe/America wanted to punish Kurds for the courage...
Kurdish female fighters battle for freedom, equality across Middle East
| 20 hours ago | (1)
Jamaal | 3/21/2018 10:08:52 AM
Kurds of Afrin cursing PKK dictatorship, their cruelty and thanks Turkey for they have been rescued from PKK.
Robert | 3/21/2018 11:28:56 AM
Happy Newroz to all....Without the kurds unity with one leadership agreed upon from all.there will be no chance .Kurds got the best loyal friend...
Newroz in Diyarbakir: People in their thousands support Afrin
| 21 hours ago | (2)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Stray dogs rescued from abuse, offered loving homes in Erbil 10 hours ago |

Stray dogs rescued from abuse, offered loving homes in Erbil

"I’ve never met such sweet and lovely dogs as the more
Newroz holidaymakers from Iraq, Iran pass 23,000 12 hours ago |

Newroz holidaymakers from Iraq, Iran pass 23,000

"Every time I come to visit, I see Erbil becoming more
Iraq holds more than 19,000 on ISIS, militant links 13 hours ago |

Iraq holds more than 19,000 on ISIS, militant links

legal proceedings have been delayed because the more
0.656 seconds