(MENAFN) After Turkey issued an Interpol Red Notice, the former leader of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has been detained in Prague.
Salih Muslim, until 2017 co-leader of the PYD in Syria, had been attending a press conference in the Czech capital where he had accused Turkey of carrying out atrocities in the PYD-controlled territory of Afrin in Syria.
Turkey, which regards the PYD as an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), issued red notices for Muslim and 47 high-ranking PKK members in Novemeber 2016.
In 2017, Muslim and Abdullah were replaced by Shahoz Hassan and Aysha Hisso as PYD leaders.
Turkey carried out an offensive into Afrin on 20 January with the aim of driving the PYD out of the enclave.