Turkey criticizes release of Kurdish leader

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The Czech Republic rejects the accusation of support for global terrorism in connection with the release of Syrian Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in reaction to a diplomatic note in which Turkey's complains about a Czech court's verdict.

One of Muslim's lawyers, Miroslav Krutina, confirmed the report, telling journalists the Prague city court had ordered his release, iDnes reports.

Turkey has been seeking Mr Muslim after a Turkish court charged him with "breaking the state and country's unity" and other offences.

Muslim, who pledged to the Czech court to remain in the European Union pending further proceedings, told reporters he had not decided where he would go next.

Muslim will be produced before a court, the officials said, adding that Czech authorities would decide whether or not, he would be remanded in custody. Turkey has demanded that Muslim, a Syrian national, be extradited to Turkey. "It is a decision that is a very clear support for terror".

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim had earlier said that the ruling would be "a day of reckoning" for the Czech Republic, an ally of Turkey in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said his government has not been heard regarding the Czech court ruling.

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Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis declined Tuesday to comment on the case insisting that "it's a Czech court that decides, I do not know this case, I cannot express myself".

He was detained in the Czech capital of Prague Saturday following a Turkish request for his arrest.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would follow Muslim "wherever he goes".

Clashes between Turkish troops and units of the Syrian pro-government popular forces also took place in Raju village, in which these militias had two dead and three wounded in their ranks.

Glynn said that Turkey's characterisation of Muslim and of the Kurds in Northern Syria as linked to terrorist was absolutely unfounded. The groups say they are independent.

Turkish state media confirmed that Ankara-backed rebels "cut terrorists' access to the Turkish border" on Monday evening.

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