Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that the Czech Republic will extradite the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party, he said in a speech from Urfa on Sunday.
“Now the head of the PYD (Democratic Union Party), is captured. This is our wish that Czech Republic will give him back to us”, Erdogan told a group of loyal supporters in the eastern city close to the Syrian border.
Early on Sunday, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim was arrested in Prague after Turkey issued a warrant for his arrest.
Muslim is wanted for his alleged involvement in a car bomb attack in March 2016 in Ankara, which killed 36 people. He currently has a $1 million (€813,000) bounty on his head.
The Turkish government views the PYD and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as an extension of the banned militant group Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).