Iran has issued an arrest warrant and has asked for help from Interpol to arrest U.S. President Donald Trump and dozens of others he believes led the drone strike that killed an Iranian high general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 other people, Iran accuses of being involved in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, faces “charges of murder and terrorism”, according to what is reported by the semi-automatic press agency ISNA.
Alqasimehr has not identified anyone else wanted besides Trump, but stressed that Iran will continue to pursue its trial even after the end of its presidency.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Alqasimehr also said that Iran had requested the publication of a “red notice”
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Under a red notice, local authorities make arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. Communications cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but they can put government leaders in place and limit the travel of suspects.
After receiving a request, Interpol meets on a commission basis and discusses whether or not to share information with its member states. Interpol has no obligation to make communications public, although some are published on its website.
Interpol is unlikely to accept Iran’s request as its communications guidelines prohibit it from “undertaking any political intervention or activity.”
The United States killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force expedition, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport.
The assassination came after months of incidents that increased tensions between the two countries and eventually saw Iran react with a ballistic missile attack on American troops in Iraq.
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