Interpol rejects arrest warrant for Trump
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.