Syria’s leading Kurdish politician rejects Turkish arrest warrant, calls Erdogan ‘a Sultan’


Salih Muslim, co-chair of the PYD. File photo

ARA News

London – Salih Muslim, the co-Chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), has shrugged off his Turkish arrest warrant, calling it the “act of a sultan.” A Turkish court issued the warrant on Tuesday, implicating Syria’s leading Kurdish politician and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in a car bombing.

The relevant attack occurred in February and targeted a convoy of military shuttle buses as they drove through Ankara. 29 people were killed, including more than a dozen civilian contractors. The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) have claimed responsibility for the bombing.

In a speech at the United Kingdom’s parliament in Westminster, Muslim described his own extraterritorial arraignment as a “kind of firman by a sultan.” The firman was a type of royal decree, issued by Islamic dynasties.

“Even the international community won’t take this seriously,” Muslim predicted. “[Also,] I am not a Turkish citizen. I am a Syrian.”

Salih Muslim told his audience that the PYD had previously condemned the attack in Ankara. “We have said we have no relation at all to this because this is a Turkish matter. They mentioned a name, and we have investigated. [We found] that this person in Amude doesn’t exist,” he said.

“They fabricated this statement – fabricated this arrest warrant,” the PYD’s co-Chair added. “Everybody should know it’s been fabricated to create problems.”

While his Westminster address was implacably hostile towards Turkey’s current government, Salih Muslim made clear that he doesn’t hold the Turkish people responsible for the actions of the Turkish state.

“It’s just the dream of some sultan, to establish a sultanate and -just like before- impose everything on us,” the PYD’s head explained. “We are not the enemies of the Turkish people and we would like our people to live together in peace.”

The PYD’s General Council has also condemned the charges against Muslim, describing them as “false, baseless and slanderous.”

For emphasis, the General Council issued a statement, saying that they would not “recognize this warrant, which contradicts international human rights law and conventions, and lacks even the minimum legal and constitutional conditions.”

“The Turkish state and Erdogan’s government are hostile to the Kurdish people wherever they might be,” The Democratic Union Party declared. “Turkey is still continuing with its goal of political, cultural and physical extermination of all its opponents, especially the Kurds.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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