Soleimani killing: Iran is­sues ar­rest war­rant for Trump, asks In­ter­pol to help

Trump, 30 oth­ers ac­cused by Iran of in­volve­ment in death of Gen Qassem Soleimani face ‘mur­der & ter­ror­ism charges’

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TEHRAN: Iran has is­sued an ar­rest war­rant and asked In­ter­pol for help in de­tain­ing US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and dozens of oth­ers it be­lieves car­ried out the drone strike that killed a top Ira­nian gen­eral in Bagh­dad, a lo­cal prose­cu­tor re­port­edly said on Mon­day.

While Trump faces no dan­ger of ar­rest, the charges un­der­score the height­ened ten­sions be­tween Iran and the United States since Trump uni­lat­er­ally with­drew Amer­ica from Tehran’s nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

Tehran prose­cu­tor Ali

Alqasimehr said Trump and more than 30 oth­ers whom Iran ac­cuses of in­volve­ment in the Jan­uary 3 strike that killed Gen­eral Qassem Soleimani in Bagh­dad face “mur­der and ter­ror­ism charges,” the semiof­fi­cial ISNA news agency re­ported.

Alqasimehr did not iden­tify any­one else sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would con­tinue to pur­sue his pros­e­cu­tion even af­ter his pres­i­dency ends.

In­ter­pol, based in Lyon, France, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a request for com­ment.

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.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties end up mak­ing the arrests on be­half of the country that re­quests 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 the 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.

The US killed Soleimani, who over­saw the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard’s ex­pe­di­tionary Quds Force, and oth­ers in the Jan­uary strike near Bagh­dad In­ter­na­tional Air­port. 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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