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

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the US and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol", Prosecutor-General of Tehran Ali Alqasi Mehr said, according to Fars News Agency.

He said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" for President Trump and the other individuals the Islamic Republic accuses of taking part in the killing of Soleimani.

The Pentagon said US President Donald Trump had ordered Soleimani's "killing", after a pro-Iran mob this week laid siege to the US embassy.

He said that Iran would continue to pursue Mr Trump and other officials even after their political term expires.

Alqasimehr also was quoted as saying that Iran requested a "red notice" be put out for Trump and the others, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. strike, was one of the most popular figures in Iran and seen as a deadly adversary by America and its allies.

An Interpol red notice is a request circulated to police around the world to locate and arrest a person wanted either by a country or an global tribunal, pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states.

It is nearly certain Interpol would not grant Iran's request as its guideline for notices forbids it from "undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature.

On January 3, a US Drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force.

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

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