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A Czech court ordered the release of a Syrian Kurdish politician on Tuesday, angering Turkey, which had requested his extradition.

The former PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader and prominent advocate of grassroots democracy in Northern Syria was arrested on a warrant issued by the Turkish government, which regards the PYD as a terrorists and had called for his extradition.

"Turkey, to me, is becoming an increasingly fascistic state, so a European country acting on their behalf in this way is really worrying".

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

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Muslim was detained in the Czech capital on February 24 based on an Interpol notice from Turkey. "The decision will negatively impact relations between Turkey and the Czech Republic", Turkish government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.

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 deems Muslim, a former head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, a "most wanted terrorist" and offered a reward of almost $1 million for his arrest, according to Al Jazeera. Muslim has said that he has not decided where he will go but has reported that Finland granted him a residence permit.

Following decision, Turkey's ambassador to Prague, Ahmet Necati Bigali, said: "We are not happy with this verdict". Its current military offensive in the Afrin region of northern Syria is aimed at clearing Kurds that it sees as a threat from a Turkish border area.

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The Czech Foreign Ministry said any extradition request would be handled according to an worldwide convention and law.

According to the agency, Kurdish YPG units attacked the Turkish military, which resulted in losses from the Turkish side.

Ankara was not involved in any diplomatic talk or process with the US regarding Afrin, northwestern Syria, Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

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