In­ter­pol re­jects ar­rest war­rant for Trump

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Iran has is­sued an ar­rest war­rant and asked In­ter­pol for help in de­tain­ing Pres­i­dent Trump and dozens of oth­ers it be­lieves car­ried out the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Ira­nian gen­eral in Bagh­dad, a Tehran pros­e­cu­tor is re­ported to have said Mon­day.

In­ter­pol later said it would not con­sider Iran’s re­quest, mean­ing Trump faces no dan­ger of ar­rest. How­ever, the charges un­der­score the height­ened ten­sions be­tween Washington and Tehran since Trump uni­lat­er­ally with­drew the United States from Iran’s 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 oth­ers whom Iran ac­cuses of in­volve­ment in the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Bagh­dad face “mur­der and ter­ror­ism charges,” the state-run Is­lamic Re­pub­lic 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 said its guide­lines for no­tices pro­hibit “any in­ter­ven­tion or ac­tiv­i­ties of a po­lit­i­cal” na­ture. In­ter­pol “would not con­sider re­quests of this na­ture,” it said.

Soleimani over­saw the Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard Corps’ ex­pe­di­tionary Quds Force. He was killed after months of ris­ing ten­sions be­tween the United States and Iran. Iran re­tal­i­ated with a bal­lis­tic mis­sile strike tar­get­ing U.S. troops in Iraq.

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