Erdoğan adviser says Muslim decision taken by Germany, not Czechs

Yiğit Bulut

Yiğit Bulut, a chief advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on public TV that a decision to release former co-chairperson of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim was taken by not the Czech Republic but by Germany, Turkish media reported.

“It is not possible that this country [Czech Republic] made this decision. It is owned by Germany,” Bulut said, adding that “Slovaks are real men” while “Czechs are not.”

Muslim was arrested on Feb. 25 in Prague on an Interpol Red Notice issued at Turkey’s request. Turkish security officials and the Ministry of Justice had begun the administrative process for Muslim’s extradition.

But a Czech court on Feb. 27 released Muslim. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ on the same day slammed the court’s ruling.

“This decision is in clear support of terrorism. This is a political decision that cannot be explained in terms of law. … This decision supports terrorist acts against Turkey,” he said.

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  1. This is Rubbish and an insult: Check Republic is an independent State with an independent court system. So they decide in accordance with international laws – so much as the defendant was aSyrian citizen, and has not committed any crime in turkey.

  2. How does releasing Salih Muslim because of a lack of proof and deemed by a court of law to be an innocent man relate to being a terrorist? These comments that come from Turkish authorities are incomprehensible and text-book examples of an argument reductio ad absurdum. Then the final straw man salvo that Czechs are not real men . . . . .