Iran is­sues ar­rest war­rant for Trump over Lt. Gen. Soleimani as­sas­si­na­tion

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Iran has is­sued ar­rest war­rant and red no­tice through In­ter­pol for US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and dozens of oth­ers in­volved in the as­sas­si­na­tion of top Ira­nian gen­eral in Iraq, a lo­cal prosecutor said on Mon­day. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasi-mehr said the ar­rest war­rant has been is­sued for 36 peo­ple, in­clud­ing po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary of­fi­cials of the United States and other coun­tries, IRNA re­ported.

He noted that these peo­ple have been charged with “mur­der and ter­ror­ist crime”.

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

The US as­sas­si­nated Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Qassem Soleimani, com­man­der of Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Guards Corps’ Quds Force, along with com­man­der of the Iraqi Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Units Abu Mahdi al-muhan­dis, and eight other mil­i­tary forces in a drone at­tack near Bagh­dad In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Jan­uary 3.

The act of ter­ror was car­ried out un­der the di­rec­tion of Trump, with the Pen­tagon tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the strike.

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

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­quest, In­ter­pol meets by 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.

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

The charges un­der­score the height­ened ten­sions be­tween Tehran and the Wash­ing­ton since Trump uni­lat­er­ally with­drew Amer­ica from Iran’s nu­clear deal with world pow­ers in 2018.


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