Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump over killing of top general

Iran issues arrest warrant Donald Trump
Iran has asked Interpol for help to detain Donald Trump and dozens more over the killing of Qassem Soleimani

 

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Iran has asked for Interpol’s help to detain the US President and 35 others who face ‘murder and terrorism charges’, according to the ISNA news agency.

Soleimani was killed on January 3 in a US drone strike in Iraq.

Washington blamed Soleimani, the leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, for masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on US forces in the region.

Alqasimehr said Iran has requested a ‘red notice’ for Trump, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.

The prosecutor did not identify anyone other than Trump, but stressed Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

This photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP)
Iraq released a picture of a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike (Picture: AP)

 

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 file photo, Shiite Muslims demonstrate over the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, shown in posters, in Karbala, Iraq. Iraqi militia leaders were expecting the usual bags of cash when the new head of Iran's expeditionary Quds Force , a successor Soleimani, paid his first visit. Instead, Esmail Ghani brought them silver rings, as tokens of gratitude. The episode, relayed by several officials, illustrates Iran's struggle to maintain influence abroad as it grapples with the economic fallout from crushing U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
Iranians demonstrate over the US airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani (Picture: AP)

 

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, has not immediately responded to a request for comment.

The charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the US since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that request it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.

It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran’s request as its guideline for notices forbids it from ‘undertaking any intervention or activities of a political’ nature.

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