Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump and a dozen others for their involvement in a drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen Soleimani in Baghdad in January 2020.
Iran has also asked help from Interpol in detaining US President Donald Trump.
The US killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January strike near Baghdad International Airport.
This new twist in US-Iran relations shows further deterioration in tensions between the two countries.
The relations between US and Iran have been on a decline for years and especially when early this year President Trump Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
The prosecutor in Tehran Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and more than 30 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed Gen. 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.
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.
Will Interpol Intervene?
According to Associated Press, Interpol, based in Lyon, France, has not commented on the development.
Normally, after receiving a request, Interpol meets by a 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.
In the case of a Interpol alerts, the local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that requests it. The notice to Interpol cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.
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.