Turkey: Czech release of former PYD leader is 'support for terror'

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It aims to clear the Turkish border of the People's Protection Units (YPG), regarded by Ankara as the Syrian affiliate of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Miroslav Krutina, Muslim's lawyer, told Al Jazeera that they were satisfied with the ruling as the judge did not consider it necessary after hearing the arguments to retain the custody of Muslim during the judicial process.

Turkey says Mr Muslim is a terrorist.

Some experts, however, argued that Turkey will eventually have to yield to worldwide pressure and refrain from entering the town of Afrin. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said: "The worldwide community is sometimes taking steps in favour of terrorism".

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Turkey on January 20 launched Operation Olive Branch to remove PYD/PKK and Daesh terrorists from Syria's northwestern Afrin region.

Turkey's Justice Minister, Abdulhamit Gul, labelled the decision as politically motivated and a "mistake" and added that Turkey would "never accept this decision". It sees the PYD and its associated militia, the YPG, as terrorists.

Muslim was arrested in the Czech capital on Saturday at Turkey's request, according to Turkish officials.

Both police and gendarmerie special forces had gained significant experiences of urban warfare during what Ankara dubs "counter-terrorism operations" in the southeastern Turkish cities of Silopi, Cizre, Idil, Yüksekova, Nusaybin and Şırnak in 2016, the report said.

Turkey has embarked on an offensive against Kurdish forces in the area of Afrin, close to the Turkish border.

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The Turkish Armed Forced used the term "neutralized" to describe capturing terrorists dead or alive, or those who have surrendered to Ankara forces. The attack, which targeted police personnel, was said to have been carried out by PKK operatives who drove the bomb-laden vehicle and perished in the blast. The precise nature of the allegations and evidence against him remain unclear, though the state-run Anadolu news agency reported charges against him include damaging public property and national unity, premeditated murder and transporting risky materials.

He criticized European countries and the United States for not recognizing Syrian Kurd forces as terrorists because their people have not been attacked by Syrian Kurdish forces.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu described the release as "scandalous", and insisted Turkey would pursue Mr Muslim "even if he goes to another country".

"Nobody was taking it (charges by Turkey) seriously, I didn't know they would take it seriously here", Muslim said.

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