Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over the assassination of Soleimani2 min read

-Azra Rizvi

On Monday it was announced by the Prosecutor of Tehran, Ali Alqasimehr, that Iran has ordered through Interpol the arrests of 36 US political and military officials, including the President of the United States Donald Trump, who was allegedly involved in the killing of General Qasem Soleimani in Iraq in January. Iran has issued an arrest warrant for the US President Donal Trump over the assassination of their General namely as Qaseem Soleimani.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr stated that President Trump and 35 others faced murder and terrorism charges and that Interpol had been asked to help detain them. However, the Interpol refused to consider the request of Iran.

It was not mentioned in the announcement who the other 35 officials were but it was stated that US President Donald Trump was at the top of the list and his prosecution would continue even after the end of his term.
General Soleimani was assassinated in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport which was ordered by Mr Trump, who said that the general was behind the deaths of hundreds of American troops and was planning impending attacks.

Iraq had retaliated by launching ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases housing US forces.

Mr. Alqasimehr said that the people identified in connection with the assassination of Hajj Qasem included political and military officials from the US as well as other countries, for whom the judiciary had issued arrest warrants and the Interpol had issued Red Notices.
A Red Notice by the Interpol is the highest-level arrest request that the Interpol issues to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action but it is not an international arrest warrant. Iran has issued an arrest warrant for the US President Donal Trump over the assassination of their General namely as Qaseem Soleimani.

In a statement to CNN, Interpol clarified that the request was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which states ‘it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’

Mr. Trump has not commented on the issuance of arrest warrants, however, Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran said that Interpol does not intervene and issue Red Notices that are based on a political nature. Mr. Hook said that it was a political nature and it had nothing to do with national security, international peace, or promoting stability. He also said that it was a propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously.

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