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Czech court orders release of Syrian Kurdish leader Turkey wants extradited

Muslim (center) is escorted to the hearing by police. Photo: STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

A Czech court has freed Saleh Muslim, the former leader of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), while he awaits hearings over his possible extradition to Turkey. Muslim was detained in Prague on Saturday after Turkey, which considers him a terrorist, issued an Interpol arrest warrant.

Why it matters: Turkey’s relations with its NATO allies and the E.U. have deteriorated under the increasingly authoritarian Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and this case could exacerbate that tension.