Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump, asks Interpol to help


Iran has issued an arrest warrant and requested Interpol for help in detaining U.S. President Donald Trump and many others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face “murder and terrorism charges.”

Alqasimehr did not pinpoint anyone else sought other than Trump but stressed Iran would proceed to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Interpol, an international organization that facilitates worldwide cooperation and crime control, based in Lyon, France, has not responded to Iran’s request yet.

Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying Tehran had requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting that seeks the location and arrest of the individual named.

A vehicle burning at Baghdad International Airport after being hit by an airstrike on January 3, 2020. The Pentagon said that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, at the direction of U.S. President Donald Trump. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via A.P.)

Under a red notice, local authorities make the arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. The notifications cannot force states to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by a 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 not likely Interpol would accept Iran’s request as its guideline for notices prohibits it from “undertaking any involvement or activities of a political” nature.

The U.S. killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport.

The assassination came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran fight back with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

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