Interpol has halted 50 requests made by Turkey for the arrest of people it is seeking on charges of terrorism. Interpol’s decision came after it determined that the requests were political in nature. Among those Turkey is pursuing are Salih Muslim, former leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, and senior members of the Fethullah Gulen movement, which Turkey accuses of being behind an attempted coup in July 2016.
We previously reported that Turkish politician Salih Muslim had been arrested in the Czech Republic on an Interpol Red Notice issued by Turkey (see previous blog). A Czech court has now ruled that he should be released. Turkey intends to make a formal request for his extradition, and accuses him of disrupting the state and aggravated murder. He was formerly co-chairman of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which Turkey accuses of being a terrorist organisation.
Turkey is seeking the extradition of Salih Muslim from the Czech Republic, where he was arrested on an Interpol Red Notice. He is the former co-chairman of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which Turkey accuses of being a terrorist organisation linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which itself is listed as a terrorist organisation by the EU.